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Kentucky A.G. files lawsuit over off-label promotion of fentanyl lollipop, tablets by Teva

A lawsuit filed against Teva Pharmaceuticals alleges that the company illegally promoted its fentanyl products Actiq and Fentora in Kentucky, helping to fuel the opioid epidemic in the state. The lawsuit was filed by the attorney general of Kentucky, which has been one of the states most severely affected by the nationwide opioid crisis.

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Doctor faces wrongful death lawsuit in connection with fentanyl death of Nevada judge

The family of a 50 year old Nevada municipal court judge who died in 2016 with a toxic level of the powerful painkiller fentanyl in her system has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pain specialist who supplied her with the drug. The lawsuit, filed by the family of Judge Diana Hampton, alleges that…

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Doctor who prescribed fentanyl, hydrocodone faces lawsuit in opioid overdose death of former 3 Doors Down guitarist

The family of Matthew Roberts, former lead guitarist for the rock group 3 Doors Down, has filed a lawsuit against his doctor over allegations of improperly prescribing opioid medications that led to the musician’s death. Roberts died in 2016 of an opioid overdose caused by the drugs fentanyl and hydrocodone.

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New Jersey family files wrongful death lawsuit over daughter’s death from a Subsys fentanyl overdose

The family of a New Jersey woman who died from an overdose of the fentanyl spray Subsys has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor and a mail-order pharmacy in New York that supplied her with the drug. The lawsuit – filed by Deborah and David Fuller on behalf of their daughter, Sarah –…

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Aggressive marketing of fentanyl in New Jersey fuels surge in opioid overdose deaths

A new study reveals that marketing campaigns by drug companies designed to get doctors in New Jersey to prescribe the fentanyl pain patch has led to an alarming rise in prescriptions in the state. The study found that many doctors are prescribing fentanyl to patients who are not eligible to take the drug under FDA…

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Opioid addiction rates have climbed by 500% since 2010, new study reports

The rate of opioid addiction in the US has risen by 500% over the last seven years, according to a study conducted by the insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield. The study found that more than one in five Blue Cross Blue Shield customers filled at least one prescription for opioid painkillers in 2015.

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CDC study highlights drastic rise in overdose deaths caused by opioid painkillers

Opioid overdose deaths in some states have risen by nearly 200% over the last five years, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency reported that overdose deaths caused by prescription painkillers have risen by 33% nationwide.

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Canadian study finds link between opioid prescriptions and fentanyl overdose

A recent study published in Canada has found a link between prescriptions for opioid painkillers and a risk of a fatal fentanyl overdose. According to the study, 60% of patients who suffered a fatal fentanyl overdose had been prescribed opioids within the last year.

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Spread of synthetic fentanyl fuels public health crisis for officials

The spread of painkillers containing the opioid drug fentanyl has risen sharply in recent years, leading to an epidemic of overdoses and deaths caused by this powerful narcotic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal overdoses involving fentanyl products rose by 80% between 2013 and 2014, a period during which fentanyl seizures…

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DEA announces lower 2017 opioid production quotas amid painkiller overprescription concerns

The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced that it will lower the volume of opioid painkillers that can be manufactured in the U.S. next year. The DEA announcement will reduce the agency’s 2017 quota for the production of prescription painkillers by 25% from this year’s quota.

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Pennsylvania family files wrongful death lawsuit against Actiq fentanyl lollipop manufacturers

The family of a Pennsylvania man who died from an overdose caused by the fentanyl lollipop Actiq has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturers of the drug. The lawsuit accuses the drug makers Cephalon and Teva Pharmaceuticals (which acquired Cephalon in 2011) of illegally marketing the fentanyl lollipop to treat migraines in violation…

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Prescription painkiller monitoring laws may help curb epidemic of opioid overprescription, study suggests

A new study conducted by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College suggests that monitoring the number of painkiller prescriptions written by doctors may be an effective means of helping to curb the epidemic of opioid overprescription in the U.S. According to the study published in the journal Health Affairs, states that passed laws to monitor opioid…