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New Topical Painkiller Relieves Severe Pain in Minutes

ENCINO, Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ bluMjk (pronounced "Blue Magic"), a new over-the-counter topical painkiller, uses patent pending skin and nerve penetrating technology to relieve the majority of moderate to severe pain experienced by most pain sufferers. Within minutes of a topical applic...

FDA Reverses Stance on Removal of Morphine Painkiller

Appeals from hospice experts mean an unapproved drug, one of 14 given recent warning, will remain on the market, agency says,,,, THURSDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- Bowing to the pleas of hospice experts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has backed off its intent to remove from ...

Admissions for Prescription Painkiller Abuse on Rise

Alcohol treatment still heads list but figures decline, report finds TUESDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Admissions for treatment of prescription painkiller abuse in the United States have risen dramatically over the past decade, from 1 percent of all substance abuse admissions in 19...

Limit sucrose as painkiller for newborns

Using sucrose to reduce pain in newborns undergoing painful procedures should be limited to babies having blood taken (venipuncture) for the newborn screening test but not for intramuscular injections, write Dr. Anna Taddio and co-authors. In this double-blind, randomized controlled trial of 2...

Risks for painkiller abuse do not outweigh benefits in chronic pain

TAMPA, May 8, 2008 As controversy swirls about proper clinical use of opioids and other potent pain medications, research reported at the American Pain Society annual meeting shows that, contrary to widespread beliefs, less than 3 percent of patients with no history of drug abuse who are prescrib...

User Registry May Help Docs Stem Painkiller Abuse

Stricter policies could protect patients and physicians from consequences of misuse THURSDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- Doctor's offices and clinics can help prevent the abuse of powerful narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin by following a stricter policy -- including u...

Office-Based Medical Treatment and Internet Resources Are Potential Solution to Rising Painkiller Misuse Among Teens, Young Adults

- Treatment in private doctors' offices with FDA-approved medication could increase access to treatment for young adults dependent on opioid pain killers- RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2006), jus...

European Regulators Investigate Common Painkiller Drugs

European regulators are investigating common painkiller drugs after researchers warned that some of them might increase the risk of heart attack//. The new data, culled from 140,000 patients, suggested that some of the drugs doubled heart attack risk. The European Medicines Agency which...

Safest painkiller Ibuprofen found to cause severe GI bleeding

Gastrointestinal bleeding is three times more likely to occur in patients who take high doses of ibuprofen on a regular basis despite the safety profile of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). // Furthermore, the effect can be observed as early as three days after starting an ibuprofen r...

Canine Painkiller unveiled by Novartis

Novartis received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin marketing Deramaxx, a canine painkiller, which will be used to relieve post-operative pain in dogs. This drug being produced by a Novartis facility at Puerto Rico //is the result of a development project undertaken by Novarti...

Sea Snail Venom Paves Way for Potent New Painkiller

Washington, Boffins have used the magical properties of the deadly sea snail venom to create a drug that can kill pain in humans. The snail uses venom to paralyze passing fish, but scientists found that chemicals in the poison could also obstruct pain signals in the human brain. Ab...

US Drugmaker Slapped Huge Fine for Misleading Doctors Over Addictive Painkiller

After four years of unrelenting pursuit by the Food and Drug Administration, the Purdue pharma of the US gave in, admitting it had made false claims about their popular painkiller Oxycontin. They have agreed to pay up $634.5 millions for making false claims about the drug to boost sales and ...

Botox Can Be a Competent Painkiller

Botulinum toxin A or Botox as it is popularly tagged in the beauty world, has already earned quite a reputation for erasing wrinkles and making the facial skin appear fresh and youthful.// Now a review article published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology says that there is more to botox than ju...

One in 10 High School Seniors Have Used Narcotic Painkillers

... at risk to develop more serious drug-related problems, Bisaga added. "This suggests that adolescents should be routinely screened for prescription painkiller use, particularly those that are regular users of alcohol, marijuana or cigarettes, and those who show signs of psychological distress," he said. "...

Master Stem Cell for Human Heart Identified

... pointed out that many widely used and valuable drugs, such as Herceptin (for cancer) and Avandia (for diabetes), have heart-related side effects. The painkiller Vioxx was withdrawn from the market after widely publicized side effects were noted. The breakthrough research "offers more understanding of how to...

FDA Panel Urges Tough Controls on Acetaminophen Painkillers

...ent in Tylenol, Excedrin and many other pain-killing medications, while urging a ban of prescription drugs like Vicodin or Percocet, which combine the painkiller with an opiate narcotic. The vote followed the release of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report last month. It found that severe liver damage ...

FDA to Study Ways to Be More Open With Public

...cent years, the FDA's credibility has been damaged over a variety of perceived missteps. Problems have included the belated decision to remove the painkiller Vioxx from the market long after clinical data showed it increased the risk of heart attack. Another series of problems arose recently over the FDA's ...

FDA Report Urges Tougher Acetaminophen Warning

...ency says,, THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- One month after mandating stricter warning labels about the risk of liver damage from the painkiller acetaminophen, U.S. regulators are contemplating even tougher standards. Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet late next mont...

Here to Help(TM): Unique Program Combines Direct Personal Assistance With Web-Based Resources to Improve Opioid Dependence Treatment Outcomes

... Help(TM) is designed to assist patients in overcoming the barriers that often prevent them from being successful in treatment for prescription opioid painkiller or heroin dependence. Although approximately 1.7 million people in the United States are affected by opioid dependence, it is a treatable bra...

Economy Impacts People Seeking Treatment for Addiction - 80% Increase Over Last Year

.../ -- Last month The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment, www.NAABT.org , saw an 80% increase in patients seeking treatment for painkiller or heroin addiction compared to April of 2008. As of this morning May is on track for an astounding 200% gain. Dr. Michael Stein, author of new ...

Acetaminophen, Cholesterol Drugs May Help Fight Stroke

... Statins could help prevent attack, while painkiller might minimize damage, studies find TUESDAY, April 14 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies find that acetaminophen and statins can be of g...

Researchers Create Long-Acting Local Anesthetic

... The shot may also help patients with chronic pain, they add. A team at Children's Hospital Boston created the anesthetic by packaging the potent painkiller saxitoxin into specially designed fat-based particles called liposomes. When tested in rats, this method proved effective in preventing pain and cause...

Oxycodone May Reduce Shingles Pain

... Small study finds painkiller offered relief, but constipation was problem for some FRIDAY, ...ion to drop out of the trial. The researchers also tested gabapentin, a painkiller that like oxycodone is used to lessen pain associated with nerve damage, on...

New Survey Results Give a Window Into Teen Behavior and Risks

...having five or more drinks in a row at least once in the past two weeks. About one in 10 students in 10th and 12th grades say they used a prescription painkiller to get high. "Because their brains are still developing, kids who use alcohol and other drugs are at much greater risk for addiction and other pr...

Researchers detail how aging undermines bone healing

...he gene in humans that is responsible for producing the COX-2 enzyme and revealed the enzyme's role in causing inflammation, the reason drugs like the painkiller Vioxx were developed to shut down its action. Then about seven years ago another research team here determined that COX-2 also plays an essential role...

California Drug Rehab Facility Completes Comprehensive Remodeling Project

...rug use among young people has tapered off slightly in recent years, drug abuse by baby boomers is on the rise (especially in the area of prescription painkiller addiction) as these older Americans carry the drug habits they developed early in life into middle age. In fact, illicit drug use among adults age 45...

NAABT Patient/Physician Matching System A Success

...ddicted to, but once addicted, less than 2% of doctors are legally able to treat them with the most effective FDA approved medications. Prescription painkiller addiction has reached epidemic status according to many experts. Physicians have effective tools in their arsenal but are restricted in saving lives d...

Painkiller May Prevent Diabetes-Related Retinal Damage

... Pentazocine's effects on eye health called 'phenomenal,' study concludes WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The painkiller pentazocine may help prevent diabetes-related retinal damage that leads to vision loss, according to Medical College of Georgia researchers. "The ...

Common painkillers lower levels of prostate cancer biomarker

... conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The team looked at the men's use of NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as the painkiller acetaminophen, and at their PSA levels. A man's level of PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, is one of many clues that physicians watch to gauge a man'...

Advil or Excedrin? New model helps predict product choices

...ifferences among the different consumer types and situations. For example, price-conscious consumers consider Advil and Tylenol the most effective painkiller overall, but if suffering from a backache, they would be more likely to choose aspirin, or Excedrin for a headache. These differences have been hidden...

The Lanier Law Firm Will Appeal Court Reversal of Jury Award to Widow in Nation's 1st Vioxx Trial

...n favor of Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK ). In the ruling, the court overturned a jury's determination that the controversial painkiller Vioxx caused the death of a 59-year-old triathlete who died after taking the drug for less than nine months. "Activist judges are protecting corpora...

Ibuprofen Linked to Reduced Alzheimer's Risk

... Other painkillers show some benefit, but more research needed, study says MONDAY, May 5 (HealthDay News) -- People who use the painkiller ibuprofen regularly for five years may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease as they age, a new study suggests. And more generally, people ...

Celebrex Plus Lipitor Could Fight Prostate Cancer

... Combining painkiller with statin slows tumor progression, mouse study suggests MONDA... Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in San Diego finds that the painkiller Celebrex and the statin Lipitor, when used together or alone, can stop earl...

Two Drugs Better Than One for High Blood Pressure

...the news conference refines the safety profile for Celebrex, the only cox-2 painkiller still sold in the United States and the most widely prescribed in its class...k. In addition, patients who had a low risk when they started taking the painkiller continued to show a low risk of having a Celebrex-induced cardiovascular pr...

Price Plays Part in Perceived Power of Medication

... In fact, 85 percent of people given what they thought was an expensive painkiller said they had reduction in pain, compared with 61 percent of those given th... a pain pill. Half the people were given a brochure that described a new painkiller that cost $2.50 a dose. The remaining individuals were given a brochure tha...

NCPA Statement on White House Campaign to End Teenage Prescription Drug Abuse

...in mailboxes or on front door steps, placed in the medicine cabinet or on the kitchen counter, it is very difficult for consumers to account for every painkiller (Vicodin), sleeping aid (Ambien), or anti-anxiety medication (Valium) increasing the risk for teenagers or other family member to experiment with medi...

ONDCP Launches First Major Initiative to Combat Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

...ny other illicit drug, except marijuana; more than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined. Every day, 2,500 kids age 12-17 abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time and more people are getting addicted to prescription drugs. Drug treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more t...

Statement of Steve Pasierb, President and CEO, Partnership for a Drug-Free America on New SAMHSA Study On Cough Medicine Abuse

... installment of the national Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) showed that 1 in 5 teens (4.3 million) had intentionally abused a prescription painkiller and 1 in 11 (2.2 million) had abused cough medicines containing the active ingredient dextromethorphan or DXM. In response to the findings, the Partne...

Drug Safety, Tainted Food Among Year's Top Health Stories

...er Inc., had already pulled the plug on its torcetrapib trial in 2006, following similar results. The Vioxx saga, which began when the prescription painkiller was pulled from the market due to heart risks in 2004, may have reached a financial close this year, with maker Merck & Co. announcing a $5 billio...

Cancer Patients Hold Fast to Belief That Opioids Mean Death

...ld Health Organization guidelines for the management of cancer pain state that severity of pain, not patient prognosis, should be the basis for making painkiller treatment decisions. "So patients at all stages of cancer could have morphine if their pain is sufficient. In reality, the patients most likely to ...
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