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In a surprise move that won't please Endo Pharmaceuticals, newly-appointed FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the agency is asking drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove its opioid painkiller Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride) from the market. "We are facing an opioid epidemic - a…

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reported on the devastation Opana ER was causing. We described the checkered history of Numorphan, Opana and oxymorphone, and how it now was causing a new wave of overdose deaths and the spread of HIV and Hep-C – possibly the worst outbreaks in over a decade. We told how Opana ER had become the favorite among prescription opioid injection abusers in Indiana and the Appalachian states.

Since then, some federal and state agencies have been working on it, but until now we haven’t heard from the FDA.

So when Scott Gottlieb took over the reins at the FDA a couple of weeks ago and announced that his major priority would be to do whatever the FDA can to combat the opioid epidemic, we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.

Well, it appears that Gottlieb is a man of his word. We’re happy to see that one of the major players in diverted prescription opioids soon may be off the market – a market already glutted with far more opioid painkillers than are needed.

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Pharmaceutical companies that make abuse-deterrent opioid painkillers have received the final word from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the types of studies and evaluations required to win official "drug-deterrent" approval. The drug companies were first made aware two years ago that…

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When the prescription opioid painkiller Numorphan in pill form was taken off the market 36 years ago in 1979, most people working in addiction treatment breathed a sigh of relief. Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, Numorphan (generic name oxymorphone) was seen to be responsible for countless…

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The small and almost unknown town of Austin, Indiana – population 4,200 – is the center of the worst surge in cases of HIV and Hepatitis C in state history. And the epidemic is stemming entirely from one drug – Opana ER extended release oxymorphone – being injected with shared…

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In this newsletter we publish articles about topics that we believe will interest our readers and articles that educate and enlighten. Larry Golbom is a good friend and is the host of the Prescription Addiction Radio Show which airs in the Tampa Bay market on WGUL 860 AM every Sunday night at 9:00…

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A reduction in the soaring numbers of people seeking effective methadone detox — the first step in true methadone drug rehabilitation — might be the welcome results of new regulations expected to be introduced later this year by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The planned…

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