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FDA urges development of more opioid use disorder therapies

FDA urges development of more opioid use disorder therapies

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 20, 2018

The FDA is encouraging drugmakers to conduct fewer clinical trials on certain proposed medication-assisted therapies for opioid use disorder, saying a streamlined approach will help patients access treatment quicker.

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

By Associated Press  |  April 19, 2018

New data show that the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions filled in the U.S. experienced their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction.

Week ahead: Senate panel gears up to debate opioid legislation

Week ahead: Senate panel gears up to debate opioid legislation

By Susannah Luthi  |  April 14, 2018

The Senate will be finishing its portion of the upcoming opioids legislation on April 24. The House and Senate will need to combine their bills in a comprehensive package congressional leaders want passed by the end of May.

Opioid trials set to begin in 2019 as settlement is also pushed

Opioid trials set to begin in 2019 as settlement is also pushed

By Associated Press  |  April 13, 2018

A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course.

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