Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Opioid Epidemic & Government Legal Action

Opioid News

As the Nation Struggles With an Addiction Epidemic, the FDA Approves a New Opioid-Based Pain Medication

Just before the weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its approval for a new, powerful and fast-acting opioid medication, despite serious concerns that it will only add to the current addiction crisis.  The product, manufactured by small San Francisco-area pharmaceutical company, was approved by an FDA committee...

Proposed Oregon Law Would Ban Medicaid Coverage of Opioids After One Year of Use

In Oregon, usually one of the more progressive states in terms of social policy, lawmakers in Salem are considering legislation that would end all Medicaid coverage for prescription opioids.  Under the proposed statute, patients who depend on opioid-based medication for chronic pain management would have twelve months to taper off their...

Oxycontin Makers Will Not Market To Doctors Anymore

The maker of Oxycontin has said that they'll no longer market their opioids directly to doctors. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and attorney Peter Mougey discuss this issue.Transcript:Mike Papantonio: The maker of Oxycontin has said that they'll no longer market their opioids directly to doctors. This move isn't because...

The Company Responsible for the Opioid Crisis Now Wants to Profit From Fixing It

Purdue Pharma, the company that brought us OxyContin and has been targeted in lawsuits by several states over its role in causing the opioid addiction crisis, now has an opportunity to profit from providing a solution.Just before the weekend, the Financial Times broke the story that Purdue was granted...

Eric Holder Saved Opioid Peddlers From Being Thrown In Prison As Deaths Increased

One of the worst aspects of the opioid epidemic is the fact that it could have been fixed YEARS ago, had it not been for corporate-owned politicians. Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this issue.Transcript:Mike Papantonio: One of the worst aspects of the opioid epidemic is the fact that...

New York Greenlights Medical Marijuana to Replace Opioid Prescriptions

Thanks to emergency regulations filed by the New York State Department of Health, any patient who has a prescription for an opioid medication has the ready option of replacing it with one for medical cannabis. The new regulations went into effect on July 12. Prior to that, qualifying conditions...

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Online Opioid Suppliers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally taking action against online “pharmacies” selling illegal opioid medications to the public. A total of 53 websites, including AnonShop and OneStopPharma, are currently operated by nine companies which have received warning letters from the FDA ordering them to cease operation –...

Two States File Suit Against Pharma Companies Over Illegal Opioid Marketing

The attorneys general of Minnesota and Utah are bringing legal action against two major pharmaceutical companies over the manner in which they have been marketing opioid medications. In addition, Minnesota's Board of Pharmacy alleges that Insys Therapeutics violated a state law restricting gifts given to physicians.According to Minnesota AG...

States That Impose an “Opioid Tax” Are Running Into Opposition From Big Pharma

The opioid addiction crisis continues unabated and federal regulators so far have failed to take any meaningful action. In an attempt to force pharmaceutical companies to bear some of the cost of treatment, several lawsuits have been filed by state, local and tribal governments – but the wheels of...

More Studies Confirm Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Abuse

While Trump continues to bluster and make his usual empty “promises” and legislators on Capitol Hill have nothing better to offer than “thoughts and prayers,” states that have made medical cannabis available to their residents are seeing significant reductions in rates of opioid addiction. At the same time, dire...
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