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Oklahoma Makes Final Bid to Hold J&J Responsible for Opioid Epidemic

Oklahoma’s attorney general on Wednesday made his final bid to force Johnson & Johnson to pay $17 billion for its part in fueling the opioid epidemic, saying the drugmaker’s “egregious” marketing caused an oversupply of addictive drugs and overdose deaths. …

N.Y. Accuses Opioid Maker Purdue of Illegal Fund Transfers to Sacklers

Purdue Pharma LP fraudulently transferred funds to members of the wealthy Sackler family who control the OxyContin maker despite knowing it faced major liabilities that had made it already insolvent, New York’s attorney general alleged on Thursday. New York Attorney …

Panel Calls on FDA to Review Opioid Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, not only on patients, but also on families, crime and the demand for heroin. That’s the …

Rising Demand for Overdose Antidote as Deaths Climb

To contain a surge in drug-related deaths in the U.S., state and local governments are pouring money into programs to make an overdose antidote more widely available even as prices rise — creating a growth opportunity for manufacturers. Naloxone, approved …

Study Examines Doctors’ Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

As prescription drug abuse and overdose have escalated nationwide, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) were implemented in every state, but little is known about the types of clinicians who make the most use of PDMPs. Researchers from Oregon Health and …

Deaths Due to Painkillers Higher Than Heroin, Cocaine Combined

The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, according to researchers at McGill University. In a first-of-its-kind review of existing research, the McGill team has put …

Overdose Deaths Push Rhode Island to Make Antidote Easier to Get

Rhode Island’s health department director has taken emergency steps to address an overdose crisis by making an overdose antidote more widely available, including to law enforcement agencies. The emergency regulations adopted this month say the state is facing “a severe …

Wisconsin Implements Pilot Program to Combat Overdose Deaths

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is trying a one-year pilot program involving a narcotic antidote in an effort to prevent overdose deaths. The emergency medical technicians of 47 agencies statewide will be allowed to administer the narcotic antidote naloxone, …