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Minnesota joins states filing lawsuits against pharma firms, sues Insys over fraudulent marketing

June 4, 2018 opioid

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Minnesota joins states filing lawsuits against pharma firms, sues Insys over fraudulent marketing Minnesota recently joined the states that have sued pharmaceutical companies for their fraudulent marketing practices adopted to promote the sale of opioid painkillers in the market. The state filed its first ever lawsuit against a pharma company in the wake of the opioid epidemic devastating the entire United States. Lori Swanson, the state’s attorney general, along with the state’s Board of Pharmacy sued Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics for illicit marketing and promotion of Subsys – a fentanyl spray – accusing it of selling the strong painkiller saying it was safe to use. The company has also been accused of violating the…

Opioid manufacturers paid $1 million to Florida lawmakers, says report

May 22, 2018 opioid

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Opioid manufacturers paid $1 million to Florida lawmakers, says report Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi recently announced her decision to sue some of the biggest opioid manufacturers for the devastation they unleashed over the years in the state. Bondi alleged that drug makers and distributors used fraudulent means to downplay the addictive nature of opioids, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Floridians. Now, media reports suggest that these companies paid over $1 million to state lawmakers over the past two decades. According to an analysis by the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald, nearly 89 percent of the amount went to either Republican candidates or Republican committees. The…

People fail to understand opioid epidemic is community problem, says US General Surgeon

May 22, 2018 opioid

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People fail to understand opioid epidemic is community problem, says US General Surgeon “Less than a quarter people feel it’s an emergency in their community,” said U.S. General Surgeon Dr Jerome Adams while talking about the opioid epidemic during a panel discussion at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Dr. Adams said that opioid abuse occurs at the national level, but only a few Americans consider it as an emergency at the local level. Therefore, in order to save more lives, he advised everyone to carry opioid-reversal drug naloxone all the time so that it could be used as and when required in the community. Supporting his idea, Gov. Phil Bryant, also…

FDA fails to rein in drug makers who exploited patient-protection program, says report

May 16, 2018 opioid

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FDA fails to rein in drug makers who exploited patient-protection program A recent national investigation by Raycom Media has indicated that federal agency the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed some drug makers and doctors to exploit the patient-protection program. The FDA did not give heed to the fact that that McKesson Corp. and other drug distributors helped fuel the opioid epidemic by pressuring pharmacies and doctors to prescribe their medications to the patients. As if this was not enough, the FDA even went to the extent of assigning McKesson with the responsible job of overseeing fentanyl prescription behavior. Supply of fentanyl formulations has increased in recent years and is responsible…

Wisconsin senator speaks about late mother’s struggles with co-occurring disorders

May 4, 2018 opioid

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Wisconsin senator speaks about late mother’s struggles with co-occurring disorders Democratic senator from Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin recently revealed about her mother’s mental disorder and opioid addiction, hoping to encourage others facing similar problems to open up. “This epidemic hits close to home for me and for so many others,” said an emotional Baldwin, who is gearing up for re-election this year. Baldwin was speaking to a woman from Milwaukee who also shared her father’s struggles with drug abuse. The 56-year-old senator believes that silence only aggravates co-occurring disorders, while speaking about them encourages affected persons to seek help. The death of Baldwin’s 75-year-old mother Pamela Bin-Rella after years of grappling…

War on drugs: Google backs DEA’s Drug Take Back Day, promotes it on home page

April 26, 2018 opioid

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War on drugs: Google backs DEA’s Drug Take Back Day, promotes it on home page With a large number of lawmakers and regulators calling for more active involvement of the Silicon Valley, Google has stepped up its contribution, boosting the combat measures against opioids in the United States. From Apr. 25, the search engine giant plans to lend support to an initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – on its home page and maps. Google announced that it would promote this national-level initiative focusing on motivating people to anonymously deposit unused medicines to a collection site by promoting it underneath its search bar to augment awareness among…

People with mental disorders receive 50% of annual opioid prescriptions in US, finds study

Prescription drug abuse has seen a dramatic increase in the American population over the last few years. With a significant number of people using prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons, it is not difficult to understand how big the problem is. An easy availability of prescription drugs is one of the major factors leading to such a high number of prescription drug abusers in the country. An array of other factors such as genetic, social, pharmacological and psychological, etc., can also influence a person to seek refuge in opioid drugs. Apart from these common triggers, mental health disorders are found to…

President Trump’s maiden budget reiterates his resolve to combat opioid epidemic

President Donald Trump, in his first budget proposal, seems to have reiterated his resolve to stem the tide of opioid abuse in America. In its budget, earmarked for Congressional approval, the Trump Administration has supported a grant of $27.8 billion for drug control efforts for the fiscal year 2018 for programs that are related to prevention, treatment and law enforcement. The primary beneficiaries of the budget are expected to be the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) programs, 21st Century Cures Act programs, and other prescription drugs specific initiatives aimed at confronting the opioid menace. According to Richard Baum, acting…
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