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Opioids No Better for Leg & Arm Pain Than Ibuprofen

November 7, 2017

If you have a lot of pain in your leg or arm, you might be expecting (and hoping!) that your doctor will give you a powerful pain reliever like codeine or oxycodone. That would likely be a mistake.

A new study published today in JAMA (Journal Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Pharma Gifts and Doctor Prescribing, Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Soar & More

November 2, 2017
Tamiflu Linked to Bizarre Behavior, Changes to Rx Cold Meds With Codeine & More

Doctors who accept gifts from pharmaceutical companies have a tendency to prescribe more drugs, especially ones that are more expensive. Data was collected from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the DC Department of Health. Researchers analyzed prescriptions written by doctors in Washington and gifts given to them Continue Reading →

Study Reveals High Rates of Opioid Prescriptions and Excessive Dosing in Dialysis Patients

October 4, 2017

More than 25% of dialysis patients received high doses of opioids that exceeded recommendations, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Researchers analyzed data collected from 2006-2010 that examined prescriptions patients received while undergoing dialysis therapy.

The study found Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Big Rise in Hospitalizations for Kids with Opioid Side Effects & Persistent Pain Linked to Memory Decline in Seniors

September 21, 2017
Tamiflu Linked to Bizarre Behavior, Changes to Rx Cold Meds With Codeine & More

Big Rise in Hospitalizations for Kids With Opioid Side Effects Researchers have found that young children are experiencing the harmful side effects of opioid painkillers at an increased rate. The research team collected data on adolescent hospital stays and examined children from 1 month to 17 years old. The preliminary Continue Reading →

Groups Ask FDA to Pull Ultra-High-Dose Opioids From Market, Citing Risks

September 6, 2017
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Several medical and health organizations are calling on the FDA to remove ultra-high-dosage (UHD) opioid painkillers from the market since the risks of the potent meds, such as abuse and overdose, outweigh their benefits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that patients consume Continue Reading →

FDA Wants Doctors to Rethink Opioid Cough Suppressants for Children

August 21, 2017

Concern expressed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians about the use of cough suppressants, and in particular opioid cough suppressants, in children has lead FDA chief Scott Gottlieb to make that the subject of an upcoming meeting of the Pediatric Advisory Committee.

Gottlieb Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: New Med Doesn’t Help Lower Back Pain, Acupuncture & Electrotherapy Help After Knee Replacement Surgery, More

August 18, 2017
Tamiflu Linked to Bizarre Behavior, Changes to Rx Cold Meds With Codeine & More

A medication for lower back pain could be ineffective and cause side effects. A new study found that gabapentinoids –- an analgesic typically prescribed for lower back pain — may actually be ineffective and could cause unwanted side effects. A research team from Canada examined data from eight randomized trials Continue Reading →