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2011-07-29 06:05:00

Johnson & Johnson said on Thursday that it is lowering the maximum dose of Extra Strength Tylenol to lessen risk of accidental overdose of acetaminophen, the pain reliever's active ingredient and the leading cause of liver failure. The company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division said the new dosing instructions lower the maximum daily dose for single-ingredient Extra Strength Tylenol products sold in the U.S. from 8 pills per day (4,000 mg) to 6 pills per day (3,000 mg). "Acetaminophen...

2011-07-22 14:48:37

A new study by researchers at Drexel University's School of Public Health suggests that abuse of prescription painkillers may be an important gateway to the use of injected drugs such as heroin, among people with a history of using both types of drugs. The study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, explores factors surrounding young injection drug users' initiation into the misuse of opioid drugs. Common factors identified in this group included a family history of drug...

2011-06-23 15:00:00

SAN CARLOS, Calif., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PharmacoFore, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation abuse-resistant prescription drugs, today announced positive results from a Phase I human proof-of-concept (hPOC) study of its hydromorphone (HM) Bio-Activated Molecular Delivery(TM) (Bio-MD(TM)) product candidate, PF329. Greg Sturmer, VP, Finance and CFO, will present at the 2011 BIO Business Forum during the annual BIO International Convention at the...

2011-06-13 13:34:24

Risky behavior, psychiatric disorders, substance abuse contribute to opioid overdose Deaths related to prescription opioid therapy are under intense scrutiny, prompting those in pain medicine"”clinicians, patient advocates, and regulators"”to understand the causes behind avoidable mortality in legitimately treated patients. Studies reporting on statistics, causes, and adverse events involving opioid treatment are now available in a special supplement of Pain Medicine, a journal...

2011-05-19 11:27:43

Many of the prescriptions issued by GPs for paracetamol either give less than recommended doses to older children or exceed recommended doses in young children. Under-dosing may result in insufficient pain relief and over-dosing can damage a person's liver. "Getting the dose right can become even more complicated when parents also give their children additional paracetamol that they have bought over the counter," says James McLay, a senior member of the research team who studied this issue....

2011-05-09 14:16:00

HINSDALE, Ill., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC), in partnership with the Reed Hruby Foundation and the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, is developing one of the nation's first heroin education and prevention projects. The goal of the program is to stop the growing trend of heroin use and death. The Reed Hruby Heroin Prevention Project is made possible by a $340,000 gift from the Hruby family of Burr Ridge. This donation was...

2011-05-06 00:00:29

The US Drug Watchdog says, "Darvocet, Darvon, and Propoxyphene are perhaps the most prescribed pain pills in history, and they may also be the deadliest. Most US citizens do not know these drugs could have contributed to a heart attack, severe heart rhythm issues, the need to control their heart beat with medication, or a pacemaker to normalize their heart's rhythm." The group fears millions of Americans could still be using these pain medications-because they never heard about the recall....

2011-05-05 14:23:00

SAN CARLOS, Calif., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PharmacoFore, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation abuse-resistant prescription drugs, announced today that it is a sponsor of the 2011 CLAAD National Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Policy Consensus Meeting, scheduled for November 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Wesley D. Sterman, M.D., president and CEO of PharmacoFore, Inc., stated, "PharmacoFore shares CLAAD's objective to prevent the misuse and...

2011-05-03 13:13:48

Study seeks to raise awareness of ingredients such as acetaminophen to prevent harm People take billions of doses of over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol every year, but many do not pay attention to the active ingredients they contain, such as acetaminophen, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. That lack of knowledge about popular pain relievers plus particular ignorance of acetaminophen's presence in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines could be a key...

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2011-05-02 08:55:00

Prescriptions for narcotics often contain too much medication per dose Parents who give young children prescription painkillers should take extra care to make sure they give just the right amount. What they may be surprised to learn, however, is that the dose given to them by the pharmacy could be too high, according to research to be presented Saturday, April 30, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver. Researchers from South Carolina identified the top 19...


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