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2011-10-13 11:50:22

Itching is one of the most prevalent side effects of powerful, pain-killing drugs like morphine, oxycodone and other opioids. The opiate-associated itch is so common that even women who get epidurals for labor pain often complain of itching. For many years, scientists have scratched their own heads about why drugs that so effectively suppress pain also induce itch. Now in mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown they can control opioid-induced...

2011-10-11 12:10:00

MADISON, N.J., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American workers continue to use prescription opiates at relatively high levels, according to Drug Testing Index(TM) (DTI) data released today by Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services. Hydrocodone and oxycodones remain the most detected prescription opiates in the U.S. general workforce, with 1.3% and 1.1% positivity rates, respectively, in the first half of...

2011-10-11 11:00:00

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- I-Flow announced today that the company has been awarded a national purchasing agreement by HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P. (HealthTrust), a healthcare group purchasing organization (GPO). The agreement covers I-Flow's flagship ON-Q® products for incisional, nerve block and trauma use, including ON-Q® C-bloc®, ON-Q® PainBuster®,...

2011-10-05 06:38:00

FARMINGTON, Conn., Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In light of the recent indictment of Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore of Brookline, MA and the abrupt closure of his clinics across the state, some patients, many in sustained addiction remission for years, are now stuck without treatment and are facing the risk of relapse. TreatmentMatch.org is a free online service that helps people addicted to opioids (painkillers or heroin) or who were in stable treatment before abandoned by Kishore, connect...

2011-09-24 19:15:00

Narconon Suncoast Rehab Center, Hernando County Florida, gives the warning signs for the most abused prescription drug they treat at their center called Oxycontin. Spring Hill, FL (PRWEB) September 24, 2011 Narconon Suncoast Rehab Center, Executive Director Tammy Strickling, reports approximately 80 percent of their clients over the last 6 months were addicted to one opiate or another with 60 to 70 percent of them on Oxycontin or its cousin Roxycodone. Oxycontin or Roxycodone are the most...

2011-09-23 10:30:00

STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Butrans® (Buprenorphine) Transdermal System CIII 20 mcg/hour provided significantly lower "average pain over the last 24 hours" scores compared to Butrans 5 mcg/hour when used in opioid-experienced patients with moderate-to-severe chronic low back pain, according to a pivotal Phase 3 clinical study published in the online, August issue of The Journal of Pain. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100921/NY67262 )...

2011-09-21 08:05:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) today announced that positive proof-of-concept data is being presented from its first Phase 1 clinical trial of NKTR-181 at the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) 22nd Annual Clinical Meeting. NKTR-181 is a new oral opioid analgesic candidate in development for the treatment of chronic pain. It is designed to address the abuse liability and serious central nervous system (CNS) side effects associated...

2011-09-19 19:46:47

In advance of a United Nations conference today on the global challenges of treating cancer and other diseases, the UBC Graduate School of Journalism has launched an ambitious multimedia site, The Pain Project, which documents one of the greatest challenges to treating chronic illnesses: severely constrained access to morphine. The Pain Project, www.internationalreporting.org/pain, results from a year-long investigation by UBC's International Reporting Program (IRP). Teams traveled to...

2011-09-13 15:40:00

New Study Reports Overdoses from Prescription Painkillers Surpass Deaths from Multiple Myeloma, Liver Disease and HIV Beverly Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) September 13, 2011 According to a report from the British Medical Journal, the number of deaths in the United States from prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Suboxone, has now surpassed that of multiple myeloma, alcohol liver disease and HIV. Dr. Michael Lowenstein, who specializes in the Waismann Method, an advanced...

2011-09-09 07:00:00

BALTIMORE, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameritox(SM), the nation's leader in pain medication monitoring, in conjunction with Beth Israel Medical Center, this week announced the results of a new study showing that the company's reference database tool, Rx Guardian CD(SM), based on urine drug monitoring results from a large database of adherent oxycodone-prescribed patients, generalized well to a geographically and demographically distinct group of patients. Study findings were presented...