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  • Critics voice strong opposition to FDA approval of Zohydro, an extended-release painkiller

    A new painkiller from the California-based specialty pharmaceutical manufacturer Zogenix Inc. is expected to hit the market this month. Zogenix focuses its research efforts on developing therapies for the treatment of central nervous system disorders and pain-related conditions. The company is hoping to further its …

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  • Improved Care Coordination Can Help Prevent Overmedication Among Seniors

    Overmedication among seniors can result in serious, albeit preventable, problems. It can occur when patients continue to take a drug no longer needed, use the same medication under two different names, or take an additional drug to treat the side effects of another instead of …

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  • Hyperactive Drug Marketing

    In the 19th century, it was common for mothers to see advertisements for “Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup” and other patent medicines to help their children.  Mrs. Winslow’s miraculous concoction was sold to help teething children, but it also promised to relieve dysentery, diarrhea, wind colic, …

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  • New HHS Report on Prescription Drug Abuse Lacks Comprehensive Proposals

    We have written previously, including here and here, about this nation’s epidemic problem with abuse of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.  So we approached a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report, “Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse in the United States, Current Activities and Future …

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  • A Critical Look at TV Ads for Brand-Name Drugs

    We were watching one of the network nightly news programs the other day and were surprised to see that almost all of the advertisements were for brand-name drugs.  In the space of 30 minutes, we heard pitches for solutions to such ailments as fibromyalgia, high …

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  • Curbing Potential Drug Abuse under Medicare Part D

    Prescription drug abuse is a major problem plaguing the U.S health care system, claiming capital as well as human costs in the process. Recently, rising concerns about the pervasiveness of this problem among Medicare Part D participants has led New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. …

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  • New CDC Data Looks At Prescription Painkiller Epidemic Among Women

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) released a new report focusing on prescription painkiller overdoses among women.  According to the report, “while men are still more likely to die of prescription painkiller overdoses, the gap between men and women is closing.”  In …

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  • Walgreens Settlement Sends Cautionary Note to Retail Pharmacies on Painkillers

    We have written previously about the role of retail pharmacies in fueling the nation’s prescription painkiller epidemic.  Earlier this month, the Miami office of the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that Walgreens had agreed to pay a record settlement of $80 million to resolve the DEA’s …

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  • A Strikingly Simple Proposal for Combatting Prescription Painkiller Abuse

    In recent months, the national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse has generated widespread coverage in the national and local media and stoked great interest among state and federal policymakers.  The litany of data points is now familiar to many observers of this crisis:  prescription painkiller …

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  • FDA Views on Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers

    We have previously written about potential problematic importation of generic opioid painkillers approved for sale in Canada.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now wrestling with the issue of whether, and under what circumstances, to approve the generic painkillers for sale in this country, …

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