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2010-10-13 07:02:00

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of recent and upcoming national drug take-back programs encouraging people to surrender unused, unwanted and expired medications, the medical professionals who perform the Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification today announced they will reduce the total cost of the pioneering rapid detoxification treatment in an effort to make treatment more widely available to those suffering from prescription painkiller dependency. Beginning...

2010-09-17 15:56:00

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Launching now in national pharmacy chains is Chestal®, a natural cough syrup free of dextromethorphan from Boiron, the world leader in homeopathic medicines. This introduction comes on the heels of the success of Chestal's counterpart, Children's Chestal®, which was launched two years ago amid concerns over the safety of other active cough syrup ingredients for small children. Boiron, with a 78-year history of...

2010-09-17 13:58:35

Research at the University of Liverpool could lead to faster and more accurate diagnoses of liver damage. The team used paracetamol as the basis for the study: research indicates that paracetamol can place temporary stress on the liver in around a third of people who take a normal dose (4g per day) but the liver returns to normal when the drug has left the system. Overdoses of the drug are a major cause of liver failure in both the UK and US. Scientists have discovered that the presence of...

2010-05-19 14:25:14

A new study from Karolinska Institutet presents a new technique that makes drug testing possible through exhaled air for the first time. By examining people who had received emergency care for an amphetamine overdose, the researchers found that in all cases there were traces of amphetamine and metamphetamine in the exhaled breath. "Traditionally, drugs tests have been carried out using urine and blood samples," says Professor Olof Beck, who led the study. "In recent years we've been trying to...

2010-05-18 12:14:00

McCAFFREY ALSO TUES., MAY 25 NOON--RIBBON CUTTING -OPENING NEW CANYON PARK TREATMENT SOLUTIONS, 22026 20(TH) AVE. SE, BOTHELL WA 98021, Suite 101 Facilities Confront "The New Heroin", Will Announce 96% Successful Stop of Opiate Abuse within 30 Days Treatment TACOMA, Wash. and BOTHELL, Wash., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four-Star General and former U.S. Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey will be the featured speaker at Tacoma Treatment Solutions' five-year anniversary celebration, Monday, May...

2010-05-11 11:15:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPIX) and Phebra Pty Ltd. today announced that Acetadote® (acetylcysteine) Injection has been granted regulatory approval for marketing and sale in Australia. Acetadote, an injectable drug used to treat acetaminophen (paracetamol) overdose, was approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the government agency responsible for regulating drugs and medical devices in...

2010-04-21 14:04:00

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine called "Hospitalizations for Poisoning by Prescription Opioids, Sedatives, and Tranquilizers," the Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification is urging Americans to take measures to better understand and recognize the potential dangers and addictive nature of prescription painkillers. The seven-year study found accidental poisoning as the second...

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2010-04-06 09:50:00

The same kinds of medications that resulted in the deaths of Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson have also become the second leading cause of accidental death among people in the United States, according to research published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, a research team led by Dr. Jeffrey H. Coben of the West Virginia University School of Medicine has found that hospitalizations relating to prescription opioid, sedative and tranquilizer overdoses...

2010-03-30 05:30:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPIX) has submitted a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of Acetadote® (acetylcysteine) Injection in patients with non-acetaminophen acute liver failure. Acetadote was launched by Cumberland in 2004 as the first U.S.-approved injectable drug to treat acetaminophen overdose. The sNDA includes data from a clinical...

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2010-03-03 10:15:00

In a study published online March 2 in the journal Addiction, researchers in the United States have discovered that accidental overdose deaths involving cocaine rise when the average weekly ambient temperature passes 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). Using mortality data from New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for 1990 through 2006, and temperature data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, researchers found that accidental overdose deaths that...