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Kentucky Counties Sue Purdue Pharma Over OxyContin

A multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuit has been filed by a group of counties in Kentucky over problems associated with the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin. …

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Stop-Smoking Drug Implicated in Musician's Death

Friends of musician Carter Albrecht believe the the combination of alcohol and the stop-smoking drug Chantix may have caused the bizarre behavior that led to his death on Sept. 5. …

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Painkillers, Other Prescription Drugs Causing More Deaths, Injuries

A 'substantially growing number of patients' are being injured or killed by the prescription drugs they are taking under doctors' orders, according to a new report from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. …

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Internet Fuels Trafficking in Prescription Drugs

Trafficking in prescription drugs -- many of them bogus -- exceeds the use and sale of illicit drugs in many countries, according to the U.N.'s drug office, and the trend is driven in part by Internet sales. …

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Sales of Narcotic Painkillers Up 90 Percent in Decade

Americans are buying 90 percent more painkillers containing codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and meperidine than they did in 1997, according to data from the Drug Enforcement Administration. …

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Pharmaceutical Ad Spending Rises 330 Percent in Decade

Pharmaceutical companies have increased their spending on direct-to-consumer advertising 330 percent since 1996, but regulatory controls on such ads have slipped, a new report concludes. …

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Pharma Firm Launches Online 'Addiction411'

Pharmaceutical firm Reckitt Benckiser -- which makes the anti-addiction medication Suboxone -- has launched a new MySpace health-information site focused on addiction to opioid-based painkillers. …

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DEA Mulls Rescheduling Hydrocodone as Problems Mount

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is considering moving the opiate painkiller hydrocodone from Schedule III to the more restrictive Schedule II in hopes of better controlling diversion and misuse of the drug. …

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Prescription Tracking Programs Raise Privacy Concerns

Law-enforcement agencies say that tracking prescriptions of drugs containing pseudoephedrine helps prevent drug purchases intended for illicit methamphetamine production, but some say the computerized tracking systems violate the privacy rights of buyers. …

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About 4 Percent of Pain Patients Abuse Meds, Study Estimates

A new study finds that 3.8 percent of chronic-pain patients misuse prescription medications like OxyContin and Percocet, a rate about four times higher than among the general population. …

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