July 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration approved Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended-release tablets), a long-acting opioid analgesic.

July 17, 2014

Purdue Pharma announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved a new 7.5-mcg/hour dosage strength of Butrans (buprenorphine) transdermal system CIII.

July 2, 2014

Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 — many more in some states than in others — according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlights the danger of overdose.

June 20, 2014

In an effort to address opioid drug abuse, governors of five New England states convened for a summit on Monday, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy stated.

June 19, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association applauded the Michigan legislature, which seeks to address the state's methamphetamine problem by targeting meth criminals.

June 17, 2014

As the heroin and opioid epidemic spreads through communities across the United States, Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will hold a forum on Wednesday to discuss opioid addiction, focusing on the use of buprenorphine to help combat opioid abuse and the obstacles that have prevented even more patients from getting buprenorphine treatment. 


March 5, 2014

Most people who abuse prescription opioid drugs get them for free from a friend or relative — but those at highest risk of overdose are as likely to get them from a doctor’s prescription, Centers for Disease Control researchers reported Monday in a research letter, “Sources of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers by Frequency of Past-Year Nonmedical Use: United States, 2008-2011,” in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

January 23, 2014

Assembly Member Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, introduced legislation that would authorize a pharmacist to dispense the narcotic antagonist naloxone hydrochloride without a prescription in California.

January 2, 2014

A new mobile app-driven social network devoted to medical marijuana has attracted $150,000 in seed money from an investment group.

December 18, 2013

A new study has found a significant increase in the number of high school students who report having abused a common prescription drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, even as abuse of other prescription drugs has decreased or remained low.

December 3, 2013

Impax Labs has settled a patent-infringement suit filed by Purdue Pharma concerning the opioid painkiller OxyContin, Impax said Tuesday.

December 2, 2013

Sandoz will market an authorized generic version of an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug made by Shire under a contract between the two companies, Shire said Monday.

November 26, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted Purdue Pharma's regulatory approval application for a new opioid drug, Purdue said Tuesday.

November 26, 2013

QRxPharma has resubmitted its regulatory approval application for an opioid painkiller for which it has sought Food and Drug Administration approval since 2011, the company said Tuesday.

November 15, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has given orphan drug designation to an experimental treatment for a rare form of epilepsy.

November 4, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new injectable painkiller made by Becton, Dickinson and Co., the medical products manufacturer said Monday.

October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration plans to recommend stronger regulations for a commonly used opioid painkiller.

October 15, 2013

Actavis is hoping to become the first to market a generic version of a drug used to treat patients who have become dependent on opioid drugs, triggering a lawsuit from the branded drug's manufacturer.

September 24, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new dosage strength for a chronic pain patch made by Purdue Pharma, the drug maker said Tuesday.

September 5, 2013

Acura Pharmaceuticals announced a study, published in the September issue of the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, that validates the ability of Nexafed to uniquely disrupt the extraction and conversion of pseudoephedrine into methamphetamine.

September 3, 2013

A new opioid painkiller drug made by Upsher-Smith Labs will become available on Wednesday, the drug maker said.

July 19, 2013

A drug-safety website operated by drug maker Purdue Pharma has won accolades from an international awards program for marketing and communications.

July 17, 2013

New, abuse-deterrent formulations of two opioid painkillers have not necessarily reduced doctors' unease with prescribing them, according to a new study.

July 15, 2013

Acura Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced a second-generation prototype formulation of its methamphetamine-resistant IMPEDE technology with pseudoephedrine hydrochloride yielded no measurable amount of methamphetamine hydrochloride when processed in the direct conversion or one-pot method.