Medications

Generic drugmakers sold most opioids during overdose crisis

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals doled out lavish perks for top U.S. employees who hit or beat sales goals for prescription opioids and other drugs: six-figure bonuses and a chance to snag a coveted "President's Club" award, ...

Medications

Opioids for chronic non-cancer pain doubled in quarter century

The number of people with chronic non-cancer pain prescribed an opioid medicine worldwide increased in the last two-and-a-half decades. But there was only a small number of studies reporting prescription data outside the ...

Medications

Managing pain in the age of opioids

The data supporting the use of opioids to treat chronic, non-cancer pain is quite weak, says Michael Ashburn, director of the Penn Pain Medicine Center at the Perelman School of Medicine. As few as one in five patients may ...

Medications

Better prescribing for bad backs

Low back pain is a major cause of disability among adults and a top reason patients are prescribed opioids. However, a recent study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine finds that patients with new low ...

Medications

Opioid prescribing rates down at state level from 2010 to 2016

(HealthDay)—Prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data from individual states show a decline in opioid prescribing rates in 11 participating states from 2010 to 2016, according to research published in the Jan. 31 ...

Medications

Study shows dramatic increase in naloxone dispensing in Ohio

It's not an over-the-counter drug, but naloxone can now be dispensed by a pharmacist without a prescription in some states. Researchers have found it's made a huge impact on the number of prescriptions being dispensed in ...

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