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Opioid distributor, already at risk of license revocation, sued by tribe

Comment on this storyComment Morris & Dickson, one of the nation’s largest drug distributors, was sued Thursday over claims it fueled a devastating addiction crisis within the Cherokee Nation by failing to stop suspicious shipments of millions of painkillers to a small number of Oklahoma pharmacies. The malpractice lawsuit was filed by the tribe in… Read More »

Kratom linked to outsized proarrhythmic risks

Over-the-counter agents used improperly to curb opioid withdrawal or induce high-dose euphoria were linked to a disproportionate number of lethal arrhythmias reported to national pharmacovigilance systems, the researchers found. The antidiarrheal drug loperamide, a weak synthetic opioid, was significantly associated with ventricular arrhythmia (proportional reporting ratio [PRR] 3.2, 95% CI 3.0-3.4), with 37% of 1,008… Read More »

What drugs have replaced opioid painkillers? The answers may surprise you

If you go to the doctor complaining of pain, don’t be surprised if your doctor prescribes anti-epileptic drugs, or an antidepressant, or even plain old Tylenol or ibuprofen. As healthcare providers move away from addictive opioid painkillers, other classes of drugs with pain-relieving properties are filling the gap. A Buffalo News review of nearly 10… Read More »