March 23, 2015

Acura Pharmaceutical's Nexafed extended release demonstrated bioequivalence to Sudafed 12-hour tablets. 

March 11, 2015

Mylan expanded its portfolio of generic products with the U.S. launch of buprenorphine hydrochloride sublingual tablets in 2-mg and 8-mg strengths, the generic version of Subutex from Reckitt Benckiser.

February 27, 2015

Epic Pharma on Friday launched two generics: a schedule II pain reliever and a calcium channel blocker. 

February 20, 2015

Actavis on Friday gained approval for a generic version of Reckitt Benckiser's Subutex, indicated for the treatment of opioid dependence.

February 18, 2015

Acura Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced the initiation of treatment in a pilot clinical study of two experimental formulations of Nexafed (pseudoephedrine HCl) extended-release tablets.

February 2, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration announced that it has expanded the approved uses of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) to treat binge-eating disorder in adults, making it the first FDA-approved medicine to treat this condition.

 

January 14, 2015

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.

December 16, 2014

Use of cigarettes, alcohol and abuse of prescription pain relievers among teens has declined since 2013, while marijuana use rates were stable, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future survey, released Tuesday.

December 9, 2014

From 2009 to 2013, the number of Americans using prescription opiates declined 9.2%, yet both the number of opioid prescriptions filled and the number of days of medication per prescription rose more than 8% in that time period. 

December 2, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced the introduction and availability of Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride Dihydrate Sublingual Tablets, CIII.

October 27, 2014

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators on Friday highlighted the latest results achieved by Alabama's real-time, stop-sale pseudoephedrine tracking system.

October 22, 2014

Pfizer last week announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved a revised label for Embeda (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride) extended-release capsules, for oral use, CII, to include abuse-deterrence studies. 

 

October 17, 2014

Purdue Pharma has launched an awareness campaign to address specific knowledge gaps among pharmacists related to its Schedule III extended-release transdermal opioid, Butrans.

October 9, 2014

Purdue Pharma on Thursday announced the launch of a new dosage strength of 7.5 mcg/hour for its Butrans (buprenorphine) transdermal system CIII, bringing the total number of strengths offered by the company to five.

September 26, 2014

Actavis on Friday confirmed that it has filed an abbreviated new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration to market buprenorphine transdermal system, a generic version of Butrans from Purdue Pharma. 

September 5, 2014

Purdue Pharma on Thursday presented results from two epidemiological studies evaluating the reformulation of OxyContin. 

August 14, 2014

Amneal Pharmaceuticals announced four new additions to its portfolio of generic drugs, which represent multiple therapeutic categories and account for $900 million annually in U.S. sales, the company said, citing data from IMS Health.

August 5, 2014

Lannett Co. on Monday announced that its abbreviated new drug application for oxycodone hydrochloride capsules, 5 mg, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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.