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Fewer Injured Workers Receiving Opioids Under Workers’ Compensation But States Vary

Fewer injured workers are receiving opioids to treat pain than in previous years, as medical providers are turning more to non-opioid medications and physical therapies. A new study of injured worker claims from 27 states by the Workers Compensation Research …

How Payment Policies of Insurers, Government Discourage Opioid Alternatives

For the drug industry, building a better pain pill is a problem. Pharmaceutical companies have introduced new medicines to treat dependence, reverse overdoses, and deal with opioids’ side effects. But few effective and economically viable alternatives to addictive painkillers have …

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Doctor Pleads Guilty for Overprescribing Opioids

At Dr. Fathalla Mashali’s pain management clinics, the waiting rooms were often so packed with patients that people sat on the floor, leaned against walls and spilled into the hallways. That’s because, federal prosecutors say, Mashali was prescribing oxycodone and …

Court Tosses Liability Claims Against Painkiller Drugmakers

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the dismissal of nearly all claims in 68 cases seeking to hold drug makers liable for injuries from the use of the prescription painkillers Darvon and Darvocet, which were pulled from the U.S. …

West Virginia Agencies Join Lawsuit Alleging Pain Pill Abuse

Two West Virginia agencies are joining a lawsuit against an Ohio drug company, alleging its negligent practices have helped fuel the state’s pain pill abuse epidemic. The Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affairs and …

Florida ‘Pill Mill’ Doctor Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

A South Florida doctor has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for his role in a major pill mill operation that illegally dispensed oxycodone and other painkillers. Court documents show that 54-year-old Dr. Scott Becker of …

CVS Shuts Access to Opioid Painkillers for Suspect Doctors

CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it has taken the unusual step of cutting off access to powerful painkillers for more than 36 doctors and other healthcare providers found to prescribe the drugs at an alarmingly high rate. The …

Drugmakers Work on Safer Painkillers as Opioid Abuse Epidemic Rages

Backed by a U.S. campaign to slow abuse of prescription painkillers, drugmakers are devising new forms of the medicines that don’t lead to misuse and new products that treat dependency in a bid to change the face of a $9.4 …

Walgreen Agrees to Record $80M Settlement Over Distribution of Painkillers

Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, has agreed to pay $80 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations that it violated federal rules governing the distribution of prescription painkillers. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday said the settlement …

Kentucky AG Conway Touts Progress in Curbing Prescription Drug Abuse

Kentucky is making progress in curbing an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, Attorney General Jack Conway told political leaders from across the nation this week. Conway briefed the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy on Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse about Kentucky’s …