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Opioid painkillers ‘must carry prominent warnings’

All opioid medicines will carry prominent warnings on their labels stating they can cause addiction, the health secretary has announced. Matt Hancock acted after new figures in England and Wales revealed a-more-than 60% increase in prescriptions for opioid painkillers in the last decade. People needed protection “from the darker side to painkillers,” he said. Health […]

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U.S. Files First Criminal Charges Against Major Drug Distributor For Opioid Crisis

NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Tuesday filed its first criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives over their alleged roles in fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic by putting profits ahead of patients’ safety. Rochester Drug Co-operative Inc (RDC), one of the 10 largest U.S. drug distributors, agreed […]

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Oklahoma Got $270 Million From Purdue To Fix Opioid Crisis. Its Next Target: Johnson & Johnson

By Christine Vestal After securing a hefty financial settlement from Purdue Pharma last month, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is training the state’s legal armaments on a much bigger pharmaceutical player: Johnson & Johnson. The company already has become a popular target. Many of the more than 1,600 opioid lawsuits in state and federal courts […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand Faces Opioid Bill Backlash From Disability Community

Following backlash from patients with chronic pain and people in the disability community, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday found herself backpedaling on her recently introduced legislation to put a time limit on opioid prescriptions. The 2020 presidential contender sought to help “end the opioid epidemic” with legislation she introduced with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) […]

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Britain's National Portrait Gallery Drops Donation From Opioid Manufacturer Family

After protests and public pressure from artists, Britain’s National Portrait Gallery said Tuesday that it has “jointly agreed not to proceed” with a $ 1.3 million grant from the Sackler family, which owns OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma. The company and some of the Sackler family members face scores of lawsuits from U.S. states, counties and […]