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2012-03-17 00:06:48

    The study's objective was to identify which skills and competencies are considered most critical for primary care providers (PCPs) to learn in order to effectively manage opioid risk in patients treated for chronic pain     Study participants included experts in primary care, pain management, and addiction     Experts in this study identified the most important skills for PCPs managing opioid risk in chronic pain patients as how to monitor...

2012-03-15 21:43:00

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LA Weekly Reporter Gene Maddaus sure knows how to write a sensational story with a headline intended to grab the attention of his readers. He did just that with his recent LA Weekly story on Joshua Macciello, the unknown man who made a bid to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. The only problem with Maddaus' ambitious investigative report is that it includes incorrect information. While interviewing anyone who would take his calls, Maddaus did a...

2012-03-15 17:14:51

Prison inmates frequently have a strong history of drug use and misuse, especially during the time prior to incarceration, and drugs often are the driving force behind the offense itself. New research, published in BioMed Central's newly launched open access journal Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, shows that ex-offenders struggle to remain drug free after release from prison and identifies factors that can help them succeed. Interviews with former inmates show that they themselves...

2012-03-15 07:03:00

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A series of studies conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) show a significant and alarming link between alcoholism and prescription drug abuse. The NIDA-funded studies report that compared to those who do not drink at all, individuals suffering from alcoholism are 18 times more likely to abuse prescription drugs. WAISMANN METHOD® rapid detox treatment...

2012-03-14 06:00:00

RALEIGH, N.C., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI) announced that the New Jersey Federal Court has granted a stay of further litigation in the patent infringement lawsuit previously filed by MonoSol Rx, LLC (MonoSol). The court ordered that the case would be stayed pending resolution by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of reexamination proceedings and follows the recent rejection by the USPTO of all claims in all three patents...

2012-03-12 19:54:53

Using injectable diacetylmorphine – the active ingredient in heroin – to treat chronic opioid addiction is cheaper and more effective than methadone, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Methadone is the most common treatment for people who are dependent on opioids such as heroin, although research indicates that most people over time go back to using illicit drugs. The North American Opiate Medication Initiative, a randomized controlled trial,...

2012-03-12 19:48:28

Model shows those using heroin-assisted therapy live longer and cost society less Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users, according to a new study by researchers at Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia. The study, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), attributed most of the economic benefits to the fact that recipients of medically prescribed heroin...

2012-03-12 19:40:10

Prescribing opioids for pain to older patients within seven days of short-stay surgery appears to be associated with long-term analgesic use compared to those patients who did not receive prescriptions for analgesics after surgery, according to a study published in the March 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Patients are frequently prescribed analgesics after ambulatory or short-stay surgery in anticipation of postoperative pain and the most...

2012-03-12 06:00:00

RALEIGH, N.C., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BDSI) today announced that the U.S. relaunch of ONSOLIS (fentanyl buccal soluble film) is being postponed until the product formulation can be modified to address two appearance issues raised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following a recent inspection of the Aveva manufacturing facility where ONSOLIS is produced. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110217/CL49801LOGO )...

2012-03-07 10:51:59

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with mental health diagnoses, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder, are more likely to receive prescription opioid medications for pain-related conditions, have higher-risk opioid use patterns and increased adverse clinical outcomes associated with opioid use than veterans with no mental health diagnoses, according to a study in the March 7 issue of JAMA. Greater exposure to combat coupled with improvements in battlefield medicine and protective gear...