DUBLIN, Aug. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) (TSX: ENL) today announced that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a ruling upholding two Endo patents covering OPANA® ER, the Company’s opioid agonist indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has approved the use of the painkiller OxyContin in children as young as 11, for severe pain that can’t be adequately treated with other medications. An FDA spokesman said the agency granted the approval Thursday, after the drug’s manufacturer, Purdue Pharma LP, submitted clinical-trial data on the […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of opioid painkiller OxyContin in patients aged 11 to 16 who have not benefited enough from alternatives. The long-acting drug already treats adults suffering from around-the-clock pain, and has been reformulated over the years to combat rising prescription drug abuse in the United States. (1.usa.gov/1UHGcg9) […]

Modified Yeast Produce Opiates From Sugar It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but researchers have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations. For thousands of years, people have used yeast to ferment wine, brew beer and leaven […]

Scientists have invented a speedy method to make potent painkilling opioids using bioengineered baker’s yeast instead of poppies, but need to fine-tune the process to make it commercially viable, according to a study published on Thursday. The new method, if it can be made more efficient, could significantly change the multibillion-dollar pain medication manufacturing business, […]

Listening to music before, during and after surgery reduces patients’ pain, eases anxiety and lessens the need for painkillers, British scientists said on Thursday. After reviewing evidence from around 7,000 patients, the scientists said people going for surgery should be allowed to choose the music they’d like to hear to maximize the benefit. But they […]

Knee replacement surgery may significantly ease pain and improve leg function and quality of life in patients with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a recent study suggests. While surgery doesn’t restore the same level of comfort and function patients had in their younger years, before they developed arthritis, the authors write in the journal Arthritis […]

DUBLIN, IRELAND–(Marketwired – Jul 21, 2015) – Horizon Pharma plc (NASDAQ: HZNP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing, acquiring and commercializing differentiated and accessible medicines that address unmet medical needs, announced today that it has increased the value of its all-stock acquisition proposal to $33.00 per share from $29.25 per […]

SAN DIEGO, July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRNE; Sorrento) a late-stage clinical oncology company developing new treatments for cancer and its associated pain, announced today that Mr. George Uy, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, will be leaving the Company at the end of July 2015 to join a start-up […]

A new study in the journal The BMJ finds that the risk of intracranial hemorrhage – bleeding that occurs in or around the brain – is increased when one combines antidepressants with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen or naproxen. Since depression and chronic pain often go hand-in-hand, and millions of people may take the […]