Tag: opioids

HHS Will Drop Buprenorphine Waiver Rule for Most Physicians

Federal officials on Thursday announced a plan to largely drop the so-called X-waiver requirement for buprenorphine prescriptions for physicians in a bid to remove an...

Childhood Smoking and Depression Impact Young Adult Opioid Use

Depression and tobacco use in childhood significantly increased the risk for opioid use in young adults, according to data from a prospective study of approximately...

FDA Toughens REMS Requirements for Some Fentanyl Products

Concern about potentially inappropriate prescribing of transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) products has prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to toughen requirements in the...

US Drug Overdose Deaths Hit a Record High, CDC Reports

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning...

Brief Overdose Training for Med Students Yields Lasting Benefits

A program that trained medical students to prevent and manage opioid overdose had an enduring impact on students’ knowledge and attitudes toward harm reduction, new research shows....

Shared Medical Appointments May Bridge the Opioid Treatment Gap

Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are an acceptable way to receive treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), new research suggests. In a survey study, participants attending...

Biden Taps Vivek Murthy, MD, for Surgeon General

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, to serve as the 21st surgeon general of the United States. If he is confirmed,...

COVID-19 Fuels Surge in Overdose-Related Cardiac Arrests

There has been a sharp increase in overdose-related cardiac arrests in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new analysis shows. Overall rates in 2020...

New Risks of Prescription Opioids Discovered

Prescription opioid use increases the risk for major depressive disorder (MDD) and anxiety and stress-related disorders (ASRD), new genetic evidence shows. The findings also suggest...

More Than 100 Medical Professionals Charged in Telemedicine Fraud

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is charging 345 individuals — including more than 100 physicians, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals — with submitting...

Was FDA Lax in Approving Opioids Too Easily?

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For at least two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has...

‘Overwhelming Evidence’ FDA’s Opioid Approval Process Is Shoddy

Despite the ongoing epidemic of misuse, overuse, and diversion of opioids, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a low bar for approval...

Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says

The long-awaited post-marketing studies of the abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) of OxyContin (Perdue Pharma L.P.) received mixed reviews from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Opioid Use Reduced by 20%, but What About Patients With Cancer?

Regulations to curb opioid abuse might be blocking legitimate access by cancer patients who need opioids for pain, according to a review of Medicare prescription...

New Guidelines Recommend Topicals for Musculoskeletal Injuries

Opioids don’t belong on the menu for managing acute pain from non–low back musculoskeletal injuries, except in cases of severe injury or when first-line therapies...

ED Visits for Mental Health, Substance Use Doubled in One Decade

Emergency department (ED) visits related to mental health conditions increased nearly twofold from 2007–2008 to 2015–2016, new research suggests. Data from the National Hospital Ambulatory...

CMS Seeks Feedback on Electronic Opioid Prescribing Rules

Federal officials are seeking comments about challenges clinicians may face in meeting a January 1, 2021, deadline for electronic submission of prescriptions for opioids covered...

AMA Urges Change After Dramatic Increase in Opioid Fatalities

In the past 5 years, there has been a significant drop in the use of prescription opioids and in deaths associated with such use; but...

Some Women Use Prescription Opioids During Pregnancy

Seven percent of pregnant women report using prescription opioids during their pregnancy, and almost a third of those women did not receive counseling from a provider...

FDA Requiring Opioid Labels to Urge Naloxone Co-prescribing

In a long-anticipated policy change, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now require manufacturers of opioids to urge clinicians toco-prescribe the overdose antidote...

Acetaminophen Beats Fentanyl in STEMI

Swapping out intravenous fentanyl in favor of IV acetaminophen in patients with ST-elevation MI (STEMI) provides comparable pain relief but with desirably higher blood levels...

High Rate of Stimulant Use in Opioid ED Cases

Nearly 40% of hundreds of opioid abusers at several emergency departments tested positive for stimulants, and they were more likely to be white than other...

Too Many Children Receive Opioids for Pneumonia and Sinusitis

A significant percentage of children receive opioids and systemic corticosteroids for pneumonia and sinusitis despite guidelines, according to an analysis of 2016 Medicaid data from...

App Links Overdosing People to Nearby Volunteers With Naloxone

Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses, but time is crucial and its effectiveness wanes if medics can’t arrive right away. Now, a new app links overdose...

Take-home Test Strips Allow Drug Users to Detect Fentanyl

Illicit drug users seem to overwhelmingly appreciate being able to use take-home test strips to detect the extremely common presence of dangerous fentanyl in opioids...