Tag Archives: Opioid

Purdue Pharma and Sacklers Reach $270 Million Settlement in Opioid Lawsuit

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, agreed to pay $ 270 million to avoid going to a state court trial over the company’s role in the opioid addiction epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past two decades. The payment, negotiated to settle a case brought… Read More »

OxyContin's maker is accused of fueling the opioid epidemic. Its new overdose antidote was just fast-tracked by the FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration granted Purdue Pharma’s experimental opioid overdose drug fast-track designation. According to Purdue, its drug, nalmefene hydrochloride injection, has a longer effect than naloxone, another opioid antagonist that is approved to reverse overdoses. The FDA’s fast-track designation facilitates the development and expedites the review of drugs that treat serious conditions… Read More »

Here is why white folks are fueling the opioid crisis, study says

The opioid crisis is at the center of a national disparity in how the public views and responds to drug addiction, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. The health care community funnels too many drugs to low-income white patients, triggering addiction, while people of color who… Read More »