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Investor group presses U.S. drug companies on opioid controls

U.S. shareholder activists are addressing a soaring death toll from opioid drug abuse, asking companies that make and distribute the painkillers to review the risks their businesses could face from their role in the sector.

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Trump’s drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

President Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. drug czar withdrew after it become public that he spearheaded a bill that undercut the government’s power to crack down on opioid makers that were flooding the market with the addictive painkillers.

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FDA rejects AcelRx Pharma’s opioid painkiller

Shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals plunged more than 60 percent after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its opioid painkiller Dsuvia.

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Cigna to end OxyContin painkiller coverage, signs contract for alternative

Amid a growing U.S. opioid addiction, health insurer Cigna Corp. will stop covering OxyContin – the opioid painkiller sold by Purdue Pharma LP – as of Jan. 1, 2018, and will instead cover an equivalent with a formulation less vulnerable to abuse.

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FDA declines to approve opioid painkiller

The FDA declined to approve Intellipharmaceutics International ‘s long-acting opioid painkiller in its current form.

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Drug Enforcement Administration proposes cutting production of some opioid painkillers

The U.S. DEA proposed a 20 percent reduction in the manufacture of certain commonly prescribed opioid painkillers as well as other controlled substances for 2018.

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Endo International Slashes 875 Jobs and Will Shutter Alabama Facilities

July 21, 2017 By Alex Keown, BioSpace.com Breaking News Staff DUBLIN – Less than one month after Endo International (ENDP) agreed to pull its opioid pain medication, the reformulated Opana ER, from the market, the company announced it was shuttering a manufacturing facility in Alabama and terminating hundreds of employees. Endo said the move follows […]

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Anthem files lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics

Health insurer Anthem Inc. filed a lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics Inc., alleging the drugmaker fraudulently obtained reimbursements for its opioid painkiller Subsys.

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U.S. to crack down on opioid treatment programs: Bloomberg

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will unveil a major crackdown on healthcare fraud involving opioid treatment programs, Bloomberg News reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.

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Mallinckrodt settles U.S. opioid drug probe for $35 million

Mallinckrodt Plc, one of the largest manufacturers of the generic opioid painkiller oxycodone, will pay $35 million to resolve allegations that it failed to report suspicious drug orders, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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