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Amid opioid shortage, Trump admin looks to cut amount of opioids produced in US

August 21, 2018


The Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration are proposing cutting by 7% to 15% the production quotas in 2019 for six of the most misused and most commonly prescribed opioids.

Trump urges Sessions to file federal lawsuit against opioid drugmakers

August 20, 2018


President Trump says the Department of Justice should file a "major lawsuit" against drugmakers that "are really sending opioids at a level that it shouldn't be happening."

Drug overdose deaths hit a record high in 2017. See the rise, charted.

August 16, 2018


Preliminary data from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics show more than 72,200 U.S. residents died from drug-related overdoses in 2017.

Insys announces deal to settle allegations that it paid docs to prescribe powerful opioid

August 14, 2018


Insys Therapeutics in a release says it has reached an agreement in principle with the Department of Justice to settle the department's criminal and civil investigations "into inappropriate sales and commercial practices by some former company employees."

Weekly Line: There's an opioid epidemic—and an opioid shortage. How are both possible at once?

August 3, 2018


It's commonplace these days to hear experts say the United States is awash in way too many opioids.

FDA's cautioned against epidural steroid injections, but doctors are prescribing it anyway

August 1, 2018


As fewer physicians prescribe opioids, a growing number of patients are being prescribed an injectable anti-inflammatory drug to treat their back pain—despite the drug's manufacturer warning against injecting the drug along the spine.

In the states: Idaho residents will vote on Medicaid expansion, court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax, and more

July 20, 2018


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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