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Backlash rages on over Purdue's pediatric OxyContin approval

Back in August, the FDA approved Purdue's powerful painkiller, OxyContin, for children ages 11 to 16. But nearly two months later, the public backlash hasn't died down.

FDA approves Purdue's controversial OxyContin for kids aged 11 to 16

Purdue Pharma now has FDA permission to market highly controversial opioid painkiller OxyContin to an even younger population.

FDA approves Purdue's OxyContin for use in youth aged 11 to 16

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.

OxyContin sales put Purdue's Sackler family on Forbes rich list

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.

Addiction-riddled Kentucky out for blood in $1B suit against OxyContin-maker Purdue

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.

FDA again finds itself playing role as pain med police

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.

Purdue hands California list of risky OxyContin prescribers

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 bills zero in on risky painkiller prescribers

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.

Lawmakers demand Purdue Pharma's list of suspect OxyContin prescribers

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.

LAT: Purdue keeps 'risky' OxyContin prescribers' names private

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.