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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

Deadly combination of opioids and anti-anxiety drugs prematurely killing more white women

Opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs – which are often prescribed in tandem – are prematurely killing a disproportionate number of white women, according to a Washington Post analysis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just required black box warnings be placed on the safety labels of opioids and anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” explaining that taking the two drugs together was potentially lethal. The warning affected nearly 400 products in total. The Washington Post analysis involved middle-aged participants from the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that white women prescribed the powerful painkillers were five times more likely to also be ... Read More

Medical examiner confirms Prince died from opioid overdose

The musician Prince died April 21 from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl, according to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office. The news comes as the federal government and Congress are stepping up efforts to curb the growing prescription drug epidemic in the US. Fentanyl is prescribed to treat persistent moderate to severe pain, most often in cancer patients, who are already on continuous opioid therapy. The drug is already blamed for a sharp increase in overdose deaths. Fentanyl is 25-25 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Drug Enforcement ... Read More

FDA revokes approval for seven painkillers containing acetaminophen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revoked approval for seven narcotic painkillers containing acetaminophen, including versions of AbbVie Inc.’s Vicodin. The agency has done this in response to recent concerns about these drugs’ potential of causing liver damage. Just three years earlier, regulators announced a plan to cap the amount of acetaminophen allowed per dose to 325 milligrams. Three versions of Abbvie’s Vicodin that combine acetaminophen and hydrocodone were affected by this. Also, companies such as Actavis Inc., Nesher Pharmaceuticals USA LLC, West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp, and Leitner Pharmaceuticals LLC, that all made products containing acetaminophen had those product ... Read More

Group questions FDA’s reluctance to limit acetaminophen in OTC drugs

Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked makers of prescription acetaminophen drugs to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 milligrams (mg) in each tablet or capsule, and to update their safety labels to include a black box warning for the risk of severe liver injury. While the watchdog group Public Citizen calls this move by the federal agency a “step forward,” it is asking the FDA why it stopped short in addressing the greater issue of over-the-counter (OTC) use of acetaminophen. After all, an FDA advisory committee in June 2009 offered strong recommendations concerning ... Read More

FDA limits acetaminophen levels, adds warning to prescription drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking the manufacturers of prescription drugs that contain acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 milligrams (mg) in each tablet or capsule, and to update their safety labels to include a black box warning for the risk of severe liver injury. Boxed warnings are the FDA’s strongest warning for prescription drugs and include situations where there is a significant risk for serious or even life-threatening reactions. Acetaminophen is found in both over-the-counter and prescription medicines and is used to relieve pain and fever. Over-the-counter products that contain acetaminophen ... Read More