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Abuse-deterrent OxyContin may have contributed to rise in hepatitis C

When the first abuse-deterrent formulation of the opioid OxyContin was introduced in 2010 as a way to deter misuse of the drug, it may have set off an increase in hepatitis C infections by pushing users toward injectable heroin, a new study suggests. Acute hepatitis C infections in the United States were declining in the 1990s and plateaued around 2003. But beginning in 2010, rates have been rising. Researchers with RAND Corporation told Medscape Medical News that while hepatitis C infection rates rose nationwide after abuse-deterrent OxyContin was introduced, states with higher rates of OxyContin misuse prior to the reformulation ... Read More

Perdue’s Sackler family blamed addicts for opioid epidemic

In 1996, Purdue Pharma held a launch party to introduce its new, potent opioid called OxyContin. Then-senior vice president Richard Sackler made a prediction that the party “will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.” Not only was Sackler right, OxyContin became “one of the deadliest drugs of all time,” according to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in an amended lawsuit filed against the company. Over the next 20 years since the drug’s launch, Richard Sackler became CEO of Purdue. With family members Beverly, David, Ilene, Lefcourt, Jonathan, Kathe, Mortimer, and Theresa sitting on the ... Read More

Opioids, benzos and stimulants the cause of most drug overdose deaths

Drug overdose deaths jumped a whopping 54 percent – to 63,632 – in the United States from 2011 to 2016, and opioids, benzodiazepines (benzos), and stimulants were the drugs most often to blame, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in the wake of the opioid epidemic. The opioid oxycodone, known by the brand name OxyContin, was the most cited drug on death certificates in 2011. But the illegal opioid heroin took the lead for the subsequent years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 21 to ... Read More

Colbert blames Purdue Pharma and its owners for worsening opioid epidemic

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert took a swipe at the family behind Big Pharma giant Purdue Pharma, blaming the company and its owners for what he described as its ruthless plan to increase profits by increasing the number of opioid addicts around the world. Colbert calls the opioid epidemic a problem that affects both political parties. “It does not discriminate,” he said. “And a lot of people blame big pharma. But only because it’s their fault.” National Safety Council reported that 80 percent of new heroin users started on the illicit drug after misusing prescription pain killers. It was ... Read More

Florida Opioid Pill Mill Doctor, Staff Go to Prison

A South Florida doctor busted for illegally dispensing prescription opioid painkillers to cash-paying “patients” has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison. Dr. Andres Mecia, 64, of Fort Lauderdale, ran an opioid pill mill in his Oakland Park, Florida clinic, Adult & Geriatric Institute of Florida Inc., which operated under the name AGI Medical & Dental. According to the government’s allegations, Dr. Mencia and office personnel — Oscar Luis Ventura-Rodriguez, 41, of Ft. Lauderdale; Nadira Sampath-Grant, 51, of Margate, and John Mensah, 50, of Miami, performed sham consultations with patients seeking opioid drugs. In these consultations, Dr. Mencia and his co-conspirators ... Read More

New Jersey county files lawsuit against OxyContin maker

Camden County, New Jersey is suing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, alleging the drug maker fueled the nation’s opioid epidemic – from which the county claims it was especially hurt – by using deceptive marketing practices that were later adopted by other opioid manufacturers. The lawsuit claims that Purdue ignited the opioid crisis in the 1990s when it launched a marketing campaign to persuade doctors to prescribe its opioids not just to patients suffering with cancer pain, but to anyone suffering from minor aches and pains. The lawsuit also names opioid makers and distributors Teva Pharmaceutical industries Ltd., and McKesson Corp., ... Read More

West Virginia’s Opioid Crisis The Focus of Congressional Investigation

The opioid epidemic in West Virginia is a focus of a Congressional investigation seeking to determine why three major opioid distributors flooded the state with more than 780 million hydrocodone and oxycontin painkillers in a recent six-year period – about 433 opioid pills for every West Virginia resident. According to The (Huntington, West Virginia) Herald-Dispatch, the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce had mailed inquiries to drug distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen looking for answers about their involvement in opioid pill dumping in the state. The inquiries, which The Herald-Dispatch says present more than 70 questions and 40 ... Read More

Opioid makers paid millions to pain-treatment groups

The financial ties between opioid manufacturers and pain-treatment advocacy groups appears to have played a significant role in creating the necessary conditions for the country’s opioid epidemic, according to a new report released by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The report, Fueling an Epidemic: Exposing the Financial Ties Between Opioid Manufacturers and Third Party Advocacy Groups, reveals that during a five-year period beginning in 2012, drug companies funneled millions of dollars to pain-treatment groups, essentially crafting public opinion in favor of the highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and fentanyl. “The pharmaceutical industry spent a generation downplaying the risks of opioid ... Read More

Purdue will no longer promote OxyContin to doctors

Purdue Pharma, maker of the powerful opioid painkiller OxyContin, under growing pressure and lawsuits from groups blaming the company for fueling the country’s opioid epidemic, will stop promoting its opioids to doctors. From now on, questions and requests for information about Purdue’s opioid products will be handled through direct communications with its medical affairs department, the company said in a statement. “We have restructured and significantly reduced our commercial operation and will no longer be promoting our opioids to prescribers,” the statement said. Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma whittled its sales force in half. Only 200 sales representatives remain in the U.S., ... Read More

NH files lawsuit against OxyContin maker

Another state has taken up the fight against the opioid drug epidemic sweeping the nation. New Hampshire has filed a lawsuit against Perdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, alleging deceptive marketing of the powerful painkiller. The lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general blames Perdue for downplaying OxyContin’s addiction risk while overstating the medication’s effectiveness. The company is also charged with failing to report medical providers who were over prescribing the medication. Perdue “engaged in a long-running campaign of deception to create and sustain a market for its opioids,” the complaint states. New Hampshire is latest state to target drug companies ... Read More