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Safety violations hit compounding pharmacy, worsening hospital painkiller shortfalls

April 16, 2018 |

Safety violations at a major compounding pharmacy are exacerbating hospital shortages of key painkillers, particularly in California where health officials have taken the “extraordinary” step of prohibiting sales from one of its plants.

In late March, California’s Board of Pharmacy barred the distribution…


L.A. Times – Business

Cops: Parents Rubbed Painkiller on Newborn’s Gums to Mask Addiction

July 24, 2017 |

A three-month-old girl who tested positive for meth, heroin, and morphine was allegedly dosed with a painkiller by her parents hours after her April 9 birth to mask the girl’s addiction from hospital staff. The Utah County Sheriff reports that Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, face…
Newser

Scientists May Have Discovered Addiction-less Painkiller

August 20, 2016 |

The Los Angeles Times reports scientists are “tantalizingly close” to the perfect painkilling drug. Researchers announced the discovery of PZM21 in a study published Wednesday in Nature . In testing on mice, the chemical compound relieved nearly as much pain as morphine—87% to 92%—and lasted longer. At the same…
Newser

Prince Died of Painkiller OD

June 3, 2016 |

Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, autopsy results released Thursday show. The findings confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the death of the superstar musician, who was found dead April 21 at his…
Newser

Super-Strong Painkiller Kills 6 in Northern California

March 31, 2016 |

Six people have died—and more than two dozen others have been hospitalized—in California’s Sacramento County since March 23 after overdosing on fentanyl, the Los Angeles Times reports. Fentanyl is a painkiller that can be 80 times stronger than morphine and 100 times stronger than heroin. According to the…
Newser

CDC to Doctors: Cool It With the Painkiller Prescriptions

March 15, 2016 |

Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these powerful opioids drugs, the Centers for Disease Control…
Newser