April 24, 2014

As part of the launch of DSN’s new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, DSN had the opportunity to speak with Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, regarding a new initiative that the association is spearheading to address the current patient access problem when it comes to pain management pharmaceuticals.

January 23, 2014

In a recent report, 59News explored how DEA regulations on pain medications can limit a pharmacy's supply, preventing patients from obtaining their medications.

January 8, 2014

News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.

January 2, 2014

One reason pain patient advocates are so passionate about what they do is because they are pain patients themselves — they know the stigma associated with chronic pain; they know how difficult it can be to access appropriate pain therapy sometimes. That’s the story of Gina Libby, volunteer pain patient advocate who has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years.

March 31, 2015

The drug is Food and Drug Administration-approved to treat opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic, non-cancer pain. 

March 9, 2015

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy created a site to address state-wide addiction problem. 

March 2, 2015

Pain is proving to be a significant factor when it comes to sleeping patterns of Americans, according to a new poll by the National Sleep Foundation. Those suffering with chronic pain reported an average 42 minute sleep debt, whereas Americans who have experienced acute pain within the past week report a deficit of 14 minutes.

 

February 27, 2015

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

February 25, 2015

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. 

February 19, 2015

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.

February 3, 2015

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.

January 27, 2015

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.”

January 26, 2015

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.

January 22, 2015

Four House representatives on Thursday reintroduced legislation designed to help prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion and ensure patient access to necessary medications.

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.

January 9, 2015

NeuroMetrix is making a splash at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show with its launch of Quell, an OTC chronic pain relieving device.

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. 

November 21, 2014

A study being published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that people with atrial fibrillation who take NSAIDs may be at risk for serious bleeding or thromboembolisms. 

November 20, 2014

Purdue Pharma on Thursday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended‐release tablets CII, a once‐daily, single‐entity medication formulated using Purdue’s proprietary extended‐release solid oral platform, Resistec.

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 10, 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s final rule moving hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II officially went into effect on Monday. 

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.