Purdue Pharma now has FDA permission to market highly controversial opioid painkiller OxyContin to an even younger population.
The addictive qualities of the powerful pain drug OxyContin have made it controversial, but the FDA has now approved it for youth 11 to 16 after asking maker Purdue Pharma to study its use in that age group.
The Busches, the Mellons, the Rockefellers--they're some of America's richest families. But one blockbuster pain drug has put a family of pharma-founders ahead of them all in the wealth department.
To settle or not to settle? That's always the question in drugmaker lawsuits, but Purdue Pharma faces a more dramatic choice than most in a Kentucky lawsuit. As Bloomberg reports, the state accuses the OxyContin maker of Medicaid fraud, false advertising, and 10 other claims--but the addiction epidemic is the crux of the matter.
The FDA's move to put tighter controls on combo pain drugs like Vicodin that contain hydrocodone with over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin have it again balancing its role as a regulator concerned about the safety and effectiveness of drugs with growing concerns about overdose deaths and addition.
Which doctors to flag for reckless OxyContin prescribing may soon be a decision that's out of maker Purdue Pharma's hands, at least in California. Thursday, a spokesman from Purdue Pharma confirmed that the company had turned over a list of 49 California doctors it suspected of risky script-writing to the Medical Board of California.
California is pushing some new legislation that drugmakers and physicians were none too happy with in its original form. But after some amendments, a slate of reforms to increase authorities' powers to crack down on risky narcotics prescribers has made its way to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. The three bills now await his signature to make them law.
Now that Purdue Pharma has acknowledged news reports that it compiled a list of 1,800 doctors suspected of churning out OxyContin prescriptions for addicts and drug dealers, the political fallout has begun.
Purdue Pharma has a database of doctors who prescribe a lot of its painkiller OxyContin. On the face of it, that's not much of a statement, but in this case, the list of more than 1,800 comprises doctors suspected of recklessly writing scripts for addicts and drug dealers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Purdue Pharma and generic drugmaker Actavis have settled their patent suit over a special formulation of the painkiller OxyContin just 10 days the FDA banned generic versions that do not carry abuse resistant technology.