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U.S. judge orders big drug companies to face opioid trial

A U.S. judge rejected efforts by major drugmakers, pharmacies and distributors to dismiss claims that they caused the nation’s opioid crisis, clearing the way for a scheduled landmark trial even as he pushes for a nationwide settlement.

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Scorpion Venom Could Provide Clue into Non-Opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain

With the opioid crisis gripping the United States, many doctors have been looking at alternate treatments to help patients with long-term chronic pain. A new study shows that the venom from a scorpion sting could provide a solution.

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Fighting the Opioid Crisis as Anesthesiologists

Hundreds of thousands of deaths, billions of dollars in healthcare costs: Fueled by an addiction epidemic, America’s opioid crisis is graver than ever.

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Lawmakers seek scientific review of plan to tightly regulate all fentanyl copycats

Lawmakers on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urged the Trump administration to conduct a scientific review of a Justice Department-backed bill to classify all illicit chemical knockoffs of the potent painkiller fentanyl in the same legal category as heroin.

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Reckitt Benckiser Settles Indivior Opioid Investigation

Reckitt Benckiser Group agreed to pay $1.4 billion to settle a U.S. investigation into the sales and marketing of Suboxone Film, a product managed by the spinout company Indivior.

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Exclusive: JPMorgan cuts ties with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma – sources

JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut ties with Purdue Pharma LP over the OxyContin maker’s alleged role in the U.S. opioid crisis, forcing the company to find a new bank to manage cash and bill payments, people familiar with the matter said.

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Children of opioid users more likely to attempt suicide: U.S. study

The U.S. opioid crisis is taking a toll on children of users as a study published showed they were more likely to attempt suicide.

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Opioids crisis has spread beyond United States: OECD

Opioid use has reached crisis proportions not only in the United States but also in Canada and some European countries, as prescription opioid painkillers have become much more common, the OECD club of wealthy nations said.

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Founder, execs of drug company guilty in conspiracy that fed opioid crisis

The founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc. became the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executive to be convicted in a case tied to the U.S. opioid crisis, when he and four colleagues were found guilty of participating in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive painkiller.

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Trump Holding Big Pharma Accountable In Opioid Fight

U.S. President Donald Trump touted progress in the fight against opioid abuse and promised to hold drugmakers accountable for their part in the crisis, a day after his administration brought its first related criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives.

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