Opioid maker agrees to pay $225M to settle federal probes

U.S. 06/05/19, 19:36

An opioid manufacturer has agreed to pay $225 million to resolve federal investigations into allegations that it paid kickbacks and used other illegal marketing tactics to sell a powerful fentanyl spray, authorities said Wednesday. The settlement stems from criminal and civil probes into Insys Therapeutics Inc.'s scheme to pay doctors in ...

Film explores rural health care amid poverty, opioid crisis

Entertainment 04/07/19, 10:19

A new documentary explores the world of rural health care amid poverty and a persistent opioid crisis. "The Providers," set to air on the PBS Independent Lens series this week, looks at the challenges three health care workers in rural New Mexico face as they provide services to aging patients and ...

Jurors hear final arguments in opioid bribe scheme case

U.S. 04/04/19, 17:14

In a scheme to get doctors to write prescriptions in exchange for cash, a wealthy drug company founder put patients at risk to guarantee his business' success, a federal prosecutor told jurors Thursday in his closing arguments in the closely-watched trial. Meanwhile, an attorney for Insys Therapeutics Founder John Kapoor sought ...

Oklahoma lawmakers grumble openly about opioid settlement

U.S. 04/03/19, 11:13

A $270 million settlement between the state of Oklahoma and the maker of OxyContin praised last week as an innovative way to help combat opioid addiction is facing bipartisan criticism from Oklahoma lawmakers who say the state's attorney general overstepped his authority. Attorney General Mike Hunter spent time this week in ...

Melena Trump to anti-drug conference: ‘Recovery is possible’

Politics 02/07/19, 11:17

Melania Trump, addressing an anti-drug conference, says "recovery is possible." The first lady traveled to Maryland on Thursday to address the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's annual youth leadership forum. Her signature "Be Best" campaign focuses on a number of issues, including the opioid crisis. Mrs. Trump spoke about a former opioid ...

How fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid, took over Pennsylvania

U.S. 10/24/18, 23:23

By Staff The first time Nicki Saccomanno used fentanyl, she overdosed. It was 2016, and the 38-year-old from Kensington hadn’t known that the drugs she’d bought had been cut with the deadly synthetic opioid. She just remembers injecting herself with a bag, and then waking up surrounded by paramedics frantically trying to ...

Trump signing bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

Politics 10/24/18, 17:16

President Donald Trump is signing bipartisan legislation to confront the opioid crisis — the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history. Trump on Wednesday said that "together we are going to end the scourge of drug addiction in America," or at least do everything possible to limit it. President Donald Trump listens ...

Opioid-related Hospitalizations Soar

Treatment 10/17/18, 04:04

One in 37 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania in 2017 were related to opioids, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. According to the report, the number of opioid-related hospital admissions more than doubled from 14,711 in 2008 to 29,958 in 2015, figures that are ...

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