For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.
Epic Pharma on Friday launched two generics: a schedule II pain reliever and a calcium channel blocker.
In 10 years, the percentage of opioid analgesic users who used an opioid analgesic stronger than morphine increased from 17% to 37%, NCHS reported Wednesday.
Surescripts on Thursday released a step-by-step video guide targeting both small providers and health systems to enable adoption of electronic prescribing of controlled substances.
PUTTING A FACE ON PAIN MANAGEMENT
Chronic pain sufferer Dennis Kinch pens book to encourage pain community
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patient Ellen Smith serves as advocate for pain relief
Gina Libby strives to improve pain medication legislation
Former radio personality Radene Marie Cook rues 'fail first' treatment plans
Zogenix last week announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved a new formulation of the company's Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended-release capsules, CII.
Emphasizing the importance of promoting policies that improve patient outcomes and lead to healthier, safer communities, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in lead-up to Tuesday’s hearing titled, “Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Patients and Local Communities.”
Purdue Pharma on Monday announced the launch of Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended-release tablets CII. According to the company, the once-daily drug is the first and only hydocodone product to be recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as having properties that deter misuse and abuse via chewing, snorting and injection.
Four House representatives on Thursday reintroduced legislation designed to help prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion and ensure patient access to necessary medications.
Egalet Corp. last week announced the licensing and acquisition of two pain products. Egalet has agreed to license worldwide rights to Oxaydo (oxycodone HCI, USP) tablets for oral use only -CII, the first and only approved immediate-release oxycodone product formulated to deter abuse via snorting from Acura Pharmaceuticals, the company stated.
NeuroMetrix is making a splash at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show with its launch of Quell, an OTC chronic pain relieving device.