April 29, 2011

The number of unintentional deaths from overdosing on prescription opioid painkillers in 2007 was greater than those from heroin and cocaine combined, according to a new study by medical researchers at the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who in particular called such deaths among teenagers and adults a national epidemic.

April 20, 2011

The Obama administration is looking to curb the growing national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, according to a plan unveiled Tuesday.

April 11, 2011

Another generic drug maker is seeking to market its version of a popular opioid painkiller.

April 4, 2011

A drug used to treat pain in cancer patients now is available in the United States.

March 30, 2011

Many patients with heart failure skip pills due to medication costs, according to research by the Mayo Clinic.

March 25, 2011

A generic painkiller made by Watson Pharmaceuticals infringes a patent covering the branded version, a U.S. District Court ruled.

March 17, 2011

Anglo-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca has enrolled the first patient in a late-stage clinical trial for a drug to treat constipation related to use of opioid painkillers, the company said.

March 15, 2011

A generic painkiller made by Watson Pharmaceuticals does not infringe on the patent covering the branded version, a U.S. District Court has ruled.

March 9, 2011

Drug maker Purdue Pharma is giving a $1 million grant to the state of Florida to help fund the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, the company said Wednesday.

February 14, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted for review an application for a pain medication designed to thwart drug abusers.

February 11, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a painkiller delivered through a skin patch made by Mallinckrodt, the generic drug maker said Friday.

February 7, 2011

Salix Pharmaceuticals and Progenics Pharmaceuticals have entered a licensing agreement for a drug used to treat side effects of opioid use.

January 28, 2011

A drug made by Johnson & Johnson may be effective in reducing pain in patients with a complication of diabetes, according to a late-stage clinical study.

January 27, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application for a pain drug that it previously had declined to approve.

January 20, 2011

British drug maker ProStrakan Group will partner with two U.S. companies to administer its risk evaluation and mitigation strategy for a cancer pain drug.

January 10, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating pain in cancer patients, the agency said Friday.

January 10, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration declined to approve Endo Pharmaceuticals’ regulatory application for a painkiller designed to thwart drug abusers, Endo said Friday.

January 10, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug made by Watson Pharmaceuticals for cancer-related pain, Watson said Monday.

December 20, 2010

Drug makers King Pharmaceuticals and Acura Pharmaceuticals have submitted a regulatory approval application to the Food and Drug Administration for an opioid pain reliever.

December 15, 2010

Drug maker Watson Pharmaceuticals said it has filed a regulatory approval application for a generic painkiller, challenging the patent that covers the branded version.

November 21, 2010

A drug maker will pull a common prescription painkiller from the market following the release...

November 2, 2010

The value of the market for specialty injectable drugs will top $90 billion by 2014,...

November 1, 2010

Strong generic sales helped Endo edge analyst expectations for the third quarter, the company noted....

October 25, 2010

Actavis last week recalled 18 lots of its patches designed to treat persistent, moderate to...