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2011-03-23 14:14:30

Methadone has been used to treat heroin addicts for nearly 50 years. Yet we have surprisingly incomplete knowledge about possible harmful effects from prolonged use. New research from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health shows that methadone affects the brain and impairs the attention of experimental animals. In general, opioids such as heroin and morphine are known to weaken intellectual functions such as learning, memory and attention. "It is therefore tempting to assume that methadone...

2011-03-21 07:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today announced that the first subjects were dosed in a new Phase 1 clinical study to evaluate NKTR-181, the company's next-generation opioid analgesic candidate. NKTR-181 is being developed to effectively treat pain while addressing the abuse liability and serious CNS side effects associated with currently available opioid therapies. The single-dose Phase 1 study is assessing the pharmacokinetics,...

2011-03-17 12:15:00

BALTIMORE, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients undergoing opioid therapy for chronic pain who may not be following their prescription regimen have significantly higher overall healthcare costs, Ameritox Ltd. announced recently. The study was published in The American Journal of Managed Care. "Considering all of the discussion right now around healthcare reform and controlling healthcare spending, this study highlights an opportunity to better manage a costly and at-risk population of...

2011-03-16 23:48:43

Results from a new study suggest that one of the most prescribed medications for alcohol dependence may be more effective in some people. Preliminary results show that naltrexone (Revia), one of the only medications approved for treating people with alcohol abuse problems, may only be effective in women and those with a specific genetic variation. The new study, conducted by researchers from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) and McGill University, will be...

2011-03-14 20:52:24

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that for the majority of patients with opioid addiction, collaborative care with nurse care managers is a successful method of service delivery while effectively utilizing the time of physicians prescribing buprenorphine. The findings, which appear in the March 14 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, serve as a model of service delivery for facilitating access and improving outcomes in patients with opioid...

2011-03-14 16:50:53

Research links frequent prescribing to opioid-related deaths Some physicians are prescribing opioids such as OxyContin 55 times as often as others, according to a new study led by St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). The study found most opioid-related deaths occur among patients treated by physicians who frequently prescribe opioids, suggesting doctors who prescribe a lot of opioids may not be doing so safely. "We found that the 20 per cent of...

2011-03-11 12:29:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida Society of Pain Management Providers (www.Flspmp.org) releases the latest facts on Oxycodone and Hydrocodone use in the United States. Until now these statistics were not readily available to the public or media. Oxycodone dispensed in U.S. 2009 by state (per 100,000 population) ------------------------------------------------------------------ Methodology: Sources: DEA 2009 ARCOS report, US Census and FDA....

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2011-03-11 11:31:46

Hydrocodone, a strong painkiller commonly sold under the name Vicodin, may be safe for nursing mothers in smaller doses, according to US researchers. Dr. Jason Sauberan of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues found a relatively small amount of the drug ended up in breast milk, and assert that up to 30 milligrams of Vicodin per day might be acceptable if weaker pain drugs like acetaminophen do not take care of pain. Hydrocodone is a narcotic known as an opioid. Opioids can...

2011-03-08 00:46:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida Society of Pain Management Providers (www.Flspmp.org) is appalled at the Sun-Sentinels intentional misuse of DEA ARCOS reports data which was released in a manner to intentionally mislead. The fact is that Bob LaMendola the Sun-Sentential reporter who released the misleading story contacted Paul Sloan; president of the FLSPMP this afternoon (prior to stories publication) and asked him to interpret the data in the reports as...

2011-03-05 22:18:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Florida Society of Pain Management Providers (www.Flspmp.org) urges all to cease with the ridiculous comparisons of pain clinics to McDonald's(TM) and work to solve the issue of Rx diversion without resorting to such tactics. To make McDonald's(TM) comparisons to pain management clinics where the vast majority are staffed with (or operated by) respectable, well trained physicians who provide necessary and legitimate care to...


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