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Opium Poppy Genome Research May Aid Painkiller Production

Posted 3 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 – Scientists who decoded the opium poppy genome say the breakthrough might improve production of the plant to provide a cheap, reliable supply of pain relievers and other medications. The opium poppy is used to make the cough suppressant noscapine, and the painkillers morphine and codeine. "Biochemists have been curious for decades about how plants have evolved to become ...

FDA takes action against 21 websites marketing unapproved opioids as part of agency’s effort to target illegal online sales

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

August 28, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it has warned four more online networks, operating a total of 21 websites, illegally marketing potentially dangerous, unapproved, and misbranded versions of opioid medications, including tramadol. The warning letters issued by the FDA to each of the networks state that they must immediately stop illegally selling these ...

Mouse Study Another Step Toward 'Heroin Vaccine'

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Researchers say they are one step closer to testing a heroin vaccine in humans – in what they hope will become an additional weapon in fighting America's opioid epidemic. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, in California, have developed an experimental vaccine that appears safe and effective in animals. It also has a long enough shelf-life to be practical. ...

FDA Bans Use of Opioid-Containing Cough Meds by Kids

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Trying to put a dent in the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday slapped strict new restrictions on the use of opioid-containing cold and cough products by kids. These prescription medicines involve any that include codeine or oxycodone, the FDA said. "After safety labeling changes are made, these products will no longer be ...

Chronic Pain Common Among Those Who OD on Opioids

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – More than 60 percent of opioid overdose deaths involve people who suffer from chronic pain, a new analysis reveals. Many of them also struggled with depression or anxiety, the investigators found. The findings stem from a study that examined the medical backgrounds of more than 13,000 men and women who died from an opioid overdose between 2001 and 2007. "The frequent ...

Opioid Crisis Hitting Boomers, Millennials Hardest

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – The U.S. opioid epidemic seems to be taking its biggest toll on the baby boomer and millennial generations, a new study suggests. Researchers found that since 2010, boomers – born between 1946 and 1964 – have had heightened rates of death from prescription opioids and heroin. Meanwhile, millennials – people in their 20s and 30s – also have been hard hit by heroin ...

Kids Still Getting Risky Painkiller Codeine After Tonsillectomy

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Despite safety warnings from drug regulators, some U.S. children are still being given a risky painkiller after having their tonsils removed, a new study finds. At issue is the opioid painkiller codeine. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a "black box" warning, advising doctors against prescribing codeine to children to control tonsillectomy pain. ...

FDA Grants Marketing Authorization of the First Device for Use in Helping to Reduce the Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

November 15, 2017 – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted a new indication to an electric stimulation device for use in helping to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. “Given the scope of the epidemic of opioid addiction, we need to find innovative new ways to help those currently addicted live lives of sobriety with the assistance of medically assisted treatment. There are t ...

Health Tip: Spread Awareness of the Opioid Epidemic

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The number of overdose deaths from prescription and illegal opioid drugs has more than quadrupled since 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. You can do your part to help reverse the trend by alerting others to the dangers of these drugs, and helping them avoid becoming addicted in the first place, the CDC says. The agency suggests: Learning more about opioids so you ...

Doctors Prescribing Too Many Opioids After Nose Jobs

Posted 9 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Could some patients recovering from a nose job get a problem they didn't bargain for? After these operations, patients are often sent home with more opioid pain pills than they need, increasing the risk for misuse, researchers say. About 218,000 cosmetic nose surgeries were performed in the United States in 2015. In fact, "rhinoplasty" is one of the most common plastic ...

What Really Works to Fight a Stubborn Cough?

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – If you're looking for a cough remedy this cold season, you might be out of luck. Nothing has been proven to work that well, according to a new report from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). After reviewing clinical trials testing everything from cough syrups to zinc, an ACCP panel came to some less-than-positive conclusions: Over-the-counter medicines – ...

Opioids Not the Only Answer for Pain Relief in the ER

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – As the opioid epidemic continues to sweep across the United States, a new study suggests that a combination of Motrin and Tylenol may work as well as narcotic painkillers for ER patients who suffer sprains or fractures. "Although this study focused on treatment while in the emergency department, if we can successfully treat acute extremity pain with a non-opioid ...

People Tend to Overestimate Pain From Surgery

Posted 4 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Many patients overestimate the amount of pain they'll experience after surgery, resulting in needless anxiety, a new study reports. "We believe providers need to do a better job of counseling patients on realistic pain expectations," said study co-author Dr. Jaime Baratta, director of regional anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. The research ...

Taking Four or More Prescription Meds? Consider Scaling Back

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – More than half of Americans regularly take about four prescription medications, increasing the likelihood that mistakes could occur, according to Consumer Reports. People taking multiple prescription medications should visit their doctor for a "medication checkup." By showing their doctor or pharmacist a comprehensive list of every drug they are taking, including ...

Fentanyl Driving Surge in Fatal U.S. Opioid Overdoses

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Extremely powerful synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl or carfentanil, were directly responsible for more than half of thousands of opioid overdose deaths across many states in 2016, a new report finds. Most often, fentanyl and even more potent "fentanyl analog" drugs – such as carfentanil – were mixed into the heroin that addicts were using, often without their ...

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