Tag Archives: opioids

FDA Panel Votes to Recommend Against Approving Morphine-Oxycodone Opioid

An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration voted Tuesday against approving a combination morphine-oxycodone painkiller, NPR reports. The drug, Moxduo, would be the first medication to combine both opioids in one capsule. …

Insurers Should Use Prescription Monitoring Databases to Reduce Overdoses: Report

Health insurers should use state prescription monitoring databases to reduce overdoses from abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs, according to a new report. …

Surge in Heroin and Prescription Opioid Use Has Deadly Consequences, Police Say

The surge in the use of heroin and prescription opioids is resulting in more deaths than violent crimes and car crashes in many communities, law enforcement officials said this week. They met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the problem and possible solutions. …

Almost One-Fourth of Pregnant Women on Medicaid Filled Opioid Prescriptions: Study

Almost one-quarter of pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid in 2007 filled a prescription for opioids, a new study finds. The risks of opioids to a developing fetus are largely unknown, The New York Times reports. …

Vermont Becomes Second State to Take Action Against Zohydro Prescribing

Following the decision by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to order a ban on prescribing and dispensing the pure hydrocodone painkiller Zohydro, Vermont’s governor announced an emergency order to make it more difficult for doctors to prescribe the drug. …

Largest Health Insurer in Massachusetts Has Cut Narcotic Prescriptions

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest health insurer, announced it has reduced prescriptions of narcotic painkillers by about 6.6 million pills in the past 18 months. …

Handheld Device That Delivers Opioid Overdose Treatment Approved by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a handheld device that delivers a single dose of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, The New York Times reports. …

Study Finds Increase in Number of Headache Patients Given Narcotics in the ER

Contrary to the advice of many medical groups, more emergency departments are giving headache patients prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers, according to a new study. …

Zohydro Sales Banned in Massachusetts

The pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release) will be banned in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has announced. He cited a public health emergency stemming from opioid abuse, Reuters reports. …

Emergency Departments Prescribing More Opioid Painkillers

Emergency departments are prescribing more opioid painkillers than in previous years for problems such as headaches or low back pain, a new study concludes. Many of these patients could be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, experts say. …