Tag Archives: Opioid

Viewpoints: Drug Industry Was Allowed To Hijack Policymaking That Led To Opioid Epidemic; Build On The ACA To Reach Dream Of Universal Health Care

Opinion writers weigh in on these health topics and others. The Washington Post: The Real Scandal Of The Opioid Crisis: Crony Capitalism Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz issued a grim account this week of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s slow response to the opioid crisis and failure to use all the tools at its… Read More »

Medications underused in treating opioid addiction, says Mayo Clinic

While medication-assisted treatment can help people who are addicted to opioids, the three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration are underused, according to a review of current medical data on opioid addiction in the U.S. The review appears in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Along with addiction counseling, the drugs naltrexone,… Read More »

VUMC testing tool that predicts opioid needs after cesarean section

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers are developing a clinical decision support tool to help avoid over- and under-prescribing of opioids for women undergoing cesarean section. Nearly a third of U.S. women will have a cesarean section during childbirth. However, opioid prescriptions for these new mothers often are either insufficient to meet their pain needs or… Read More »

J&J found liable in Oklahoma opioid case and ordered to pay $572M; pledges to appeal

Johnson & Johnson fought hard against Oklahoma’s claims the company played a “kingpin” role in the state’s opioid epidemic, but its lawyers fell short in those efforts after a six-week trial. On Monday, Judge Thad Balkman ruled that J&J created a public nuisance and ordered the company to pay $ 572 million as part of an opioid abatement plan.  Oklahoma… Read More »

Opioid Exposure During Pregnancy, Long-Term Effects on Children’s Development

According to a recent analysis of national data by the Centers for Disease Control, the number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder (as documented at the time of delivery) more than quadrupled from 1999 through 2014.  Studies of opioid exposure in pregnancy suggest increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes including stillbirth, low birth weight,… Read More »