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Adapt's new bargain-priced OD antidote enters contentious market

The rising number of opioid-related deaths in the U.S. has translated into big opportunity for pharma companies making the antidote med naloxone, with drugmakers such as Amphastar Pharmaceuticals getting a sizable boost in revenue amid growing demand for its products. But Amphastar could soon face more competition, as the FDA has granted quick approval for a nasal spray opioid antidote that runs at a lower price than injectable treatments and promises increased benefits for caretakers.

Judge halts lawsuit blaming Purdue, Endo and others for epidemic of drug abuse

It was attention-grabbing when California sued a handful of drugmakers, accusing them of lying about the safety of their high-powered painkillers and blaming them for an epidemic of prescription drug overdoses and a resurgence in heroin use. But from a legal standpoint, a California judge has ruled, there is not much there to stand on.

Hamburg called on to resign for FDA's approval of Zohydro

The FDA approved opioid painkiller Zohydro nearly a year ago as a med to provide relief for those with chronic pain. But the drug has been nothing but 11 months of aggravation for the agency and its leader, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, who is now being called on to resign by organized anti-addiction groups who say the FDA has contributed to an epidemic of abuse in the country.

DEA tightens opioid dispensing rules amid controversy over abuse

On Thursday, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced that combination drugs containing hydrocodone will now be classified as Schedule II products, imposing on them the same restrictions that apply to pure hydrocodone, as well as oxycodone and morphine.

Zogenix seeks partner, steers Zohydro marketing away from weak New England

Marketing can be a bit like dating. If you're not getting results with one target, then it's best to focus on someone else. That's exactly what Zogenix is doing, by tweaking its Zohydro launch strategy.

Pharmacist's theft of $5.6M worth of oxycodone is sure to escalate backlash

Already dealing with a growing backlash from politicians and law enforcement accusing it of recklessly marketing opioids, the pharmaceutical industry now has to face down a report that a hospital pharmacy director for years was walking out with thousands of oxycodone pills. It is a revelation that is sure to add to the growing debate.  

Blockbuster sales of Insys painkiller raise suspicions of off-label marketing

When Insys Therapeutics won approval for its new narcotic painkiller, Subsys, in 2012, few predicted the product would find much of a market, because the FDA limited its use to cancer patients who were already on powerful painkillers. But in 2013, the product raked in $96 million in sales, and the company's stock price quintupled to $25 a share.

Under fire, FDA chief Hamburg defends approval of pain pill Zohydro

As pharmacies began dispensing Zogenix's powerful new painkiller Zohydro this week, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg found herself under increasing pressure to revoke her agency's approval of the drug and yank it off the market. But she's not about to cave in to the pressure, she told the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during a hearing on Thursday, according to Reuters.

State AGs lobby FDA to reconsider nod for powerful Zogenix painkiller

The FDA approved a powerful new painkiller from Zogenix despite opposition from its own advisory panel. Now, attorneys general from 28 states have jumped in to ask the agency to reconsider.

FDA ratchets up requirements on long-acting, extended-release opioids

The FDA, under pressure to help curb abuse of opioid painkillers, has taken yet another step to dampen their use. The agency said today that it is "invoking its authority" to require that long-acting and extended release drugs should only be used for severe pain and only when other measures don't work.