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Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

Posted 28 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – In the wake of the musician Prince's death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications. Researchers found that those who received prescriptions for the antidote naloxone (Evzio) were less likely to return for emergency care related to their painkiller use. "The study should encourage primary-care providers to prescribe naloxone to their patients on chronic opioid therapy," said Dr. Alexander Walley. He's an addiction specialist and assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He was not involved in the study. According to a federal report released earlier this month, an estimated 2 million people in the United States were addicted to prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin in ... Read more

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Shortages of Lifesaving Drugs Linger in U.S.

Posted 6 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Drug shortages remain a problem in the United States despite government legislation meant to boost availability, a new study finds. More than half of recent shortages involved acute-care drugs used to treat seriously ill patients in hospitals and emergency departments, according to researchers at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. Those drugs include antibiotics, intravenous saline and naloxone, which is used to treat drug overdoses. "Our key finding was that up to 2012, shortages were rising for both non-acute and acute drugs," said study senior author Dr. Arjun Venkatesh, an assistant professor of emergency medicine. Since 2012, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was authorized to deal with the crisis, "the shortages for non-acute drugs are decreasing and getting shorter but the shortages for acute drugs are increasing and getting longer," Venkatesh ... Read more

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FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose

Posted 20 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 – A nasal spray that treats narcotic painkiller and heroin drug overdoses has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The newly approved nasal spray (Narcan) contains the medication naloxone hydrochloride, which can stop or reverse the effects of a narcotic (also called opioid) drug overdose. Narcan is the first approved nasal spray version of the medication and offers an important new easy-to-use treatment option for family members and first responders dealing with a heroin or narcotic painkiller overdose, the FDA said. Narcotic painkillers include prescription pain drugs such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (when combined with acetaminophen, it's called Vicodin or Percocet) and morphine. Narcan can also reverse the effects of heroin. Drug overdose deaths are currently the leading cause of injury death in the United States, the FDA said. ... Read more

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FDA Approves Narcan (naloxone) Nasal Spray to Treat Opioid Overdose

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

November 18, 2015 – Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as the illegal drug heroin. Drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription drug overdoses, are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States – surpassing motor vehicle crashes. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the number of drug overdose deaths had steadily increased for more than a decade. When someone overdoses on an opioid, it can be difficult to awaken the person, and breathing may become shallow or stop – leading to death if there is no medical intervention. If nal ... Read more

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Wider Use of Naloxone Could Cut Deaths From Drug Overdoses: CDC

Posted 24 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 – Allowing more emergency medical service (EMS) workers to administer the prescription drug naloxone could reduce the number of overdose deaths caused by opioid drugs, U.S. health officials said Friday. Opioids include powerful prescription narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and codeine as well as heroin. Prescription opioids caused more than 16,000 deaths in the United States in 2013, while heroin caused more than 8,000 deaths, the officials said. Naloxone is a prescription drug that can be lifesaving if given in time to people who have overdosed on prescription opioids or heroin. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reviewed nationwide data from 2012 and found that advanced EMS staffers were more likely than basic EMS staffers to administer naloxone. One of the big reasons: as of 2014, only 12 states allowed basic ... Read more

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Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study

Posted 2 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 – Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don't know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows. At issue is the increasingly popular, non-medicinal use of legal prescription narcotic pain medications, including so-called "opioids" such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. Such drugs can substantially slow or even halt the ability to breath, sometimes leading to death. And while safe and effective interventions are available (including the prescription medication naloxone), the new study found that most narcotic abusers are unaware of their options. "What we found is that when it comes to how to handle an overdose, prescription opioid users who weren't using drugs for official medical reasons were less savvy than, say, more traditional heroin-using populations," said study author David Frank, a doctoral ... Read more

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Targiniq ER Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone Approved

Posted 25 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 – Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended release) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a long-term, around-the-clock treatment for severe pain when other therapies are ineffective or unavailable. The long-acting form of oxycodone, an opioid painkiller, has properties that are designed to deter abuse of the drug by snorting or injection, the FDA said in a news release. Targiniq contains naloxone, designed to block the euphoric effects of oxycodone, the agency said. Targiniq can still be abused by taking too many pills, the FDA warned, stressing that an overdose could cause death. The drug is not meant for as-needed pain relief, the agency said, repeating its warning of the potential for abuse and addiction. Targiniq ER was evaluated in a clinical study of 601 people with chronic lower back pain. The most ... Read more

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Toddlers Can Die From Swallowing Parents' Drug Detox Meds

Posted 29 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 – Children are natural explorers and imitators. But, they don't have the capacity to understand the potential danger in some activities. That helps explain why among 2-year-olds, one of every 180 ends up in the emergency room due to medication poisoning every year. For most children, the outcomes are good. They're treated, and they suffer no lasting damage. But, some drugs can be deadly with only a single dose – including a medication prescribed to help adults combat drug addiction. Buprenorphine is used alone (brand name Subutex) or in combination with another drug called naloxone (brand name Suboxone) to ease the symptoms of withdrawal in people trying to beat addictions to heroin, certain prescription painkillers or other opioid drugs. One dose of this medication can be fatal to a small child. Each year, nearly 1,500 children under 6 years old are treated in U.S. ... Read more

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