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2014-03-17 12:27:13

Developers Continue to Focus Efforts on Formulation Improvements, According to Findings from Decision Resources Group BURLINGTON, Mass., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that, according to insights from surveyed U.S. and European psychiatrists and U.S. managed care (MCO) pharmacy directors, a therapy resulting in reduced use of opioids compared with existing therapies is one of the greatest unmet needs in the treatment of opioid addiction. Although clinical data...

2014-03-07 08:26:19

Two-thirds of states include methadone on preferred drug lists for Medicaid patients PHOENIX, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two-thirds of states prefer methadone above other opioid medications to treat chronic pain, particularly in low-income residents, a practice top pain physicians say adds unnecessary risk. Physician leaders from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) released a position paper today to warn all states and private insurers that methadone should...

2014-03-06 20:21:55

Researchers sought comprehensive predictors of opioid abuse in veterans based on discontinuation rates PHOENIX, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Of nearly 1 million veterans who receive opioids to treat painful conditions, more than half continue to consume opioids chronically or beyond 90 days, new research says. Results presented at the 30(th) Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine reported on a number of factors associated with opioid discontinuation with...

2014-03-04 08:32:42

Composition of Matter Patents Issued in Multiple Countries for KemPharm's Lead Abuse-Deterrent Hydrocodone Prodrug CORALVILLE, Iowa, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KemPharm, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of new, safer therapies to treat pain, announced today that multiple global composition of matter patents have been issued for KP201 in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa....

2014-02-27 18:47:42

Photoreactive compounds developed by LMU scientists directly modulate nerve-cell function, and open new routes to the treatment of neurological diseases, including chronic pain and certain types of visual impairment. All modes of sensory perception are based on communication between nerve cells. Both the response to the primary stimulus and the transmission of the resulting signal depend on the function of specialized receptor proteins that are associated with the surface membranes of...

Zohydro FDA Approval Sparks Concerns From Several Groups
2014-02-26 13:58:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A group of 40 organizations have joined together to try and influence the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke its approval of the prescription drug Zohydro. The group of health care professionals and consumer and addiction treatment groups say they are “echoing the concerns” of members of Congress and the State Attorneys General regarding the FDA’s decision to approve Zohydro for use. “On behalf of consumer safety...

2014-02-26 08:29:29

CORALVILLE, Iowa, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KemPharm, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of new, safer therapies to treat pain, announced today that President and CEO, Travis Mickle, Ph.D., will present at the Cowen and Company 34(th) Annual Health Care Conference at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA. Among the topics to be discussed, Dr. Mickle will provide an overview of KemPharm's development pipeline,...

2014-02-25 14:13:52

RGS-9-2 protein affects not only addiction, but analgesic relief and tolerance Identifying the specific pathways that promote opioid addiction, pain relief, and tolerance are crucial for developing more effective and less dangerous analgesics, as well as developing new treatments for addiction. Now, new research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reveals that opiate use alters the activity of a specific protein needed for the normal functioning of the brain's reward center....

2014-02-19 12:28:10

All patients receiving opioids to manage pain after surgery should be continuously monitored, leaders of APSF, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety and Leah's Legacy agree CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) and Leah's Legacy say they fully support the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation's (APSF) call for the nation's hospitals to continuously monitor all patients receiving opioids to manage their...

2014-02-10 08:27:39

Suncoast Rehab Center pushes for an industry overhaul that includes implementing narcotic reduction programs that use alternatives to opioids for pain management--all in an effort to reduce prescription painkiller addiction. SPRING HILL, Fla., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A recent Fox Business article predicted 2014's healthcare trends, one of which is an increased focus on pain medicine management--a direct reflection of the stronghold that addiction to pain medication has...


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