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Inside the Senate's opioid legislative package: What did—and didn't—make the cut

September 7, 2018

While the Senate's opioid bill is largely similar to a House-passed version, it does not include two House-passed proposals: one that would expand Medicaid coverage for substance use disorders treatment to include larger inpatient centers, and another that would relax privacy restrictions on behavioral health records for patients with substance use disorders.

Want to reduce opioids Rxs? Notify doctors of patients' overdoses, study says.

August 28, 2018

Informing doctors when one of their patients dies of a prescription overdose could change providers' prescribing patterns and serve as a low-cost way to combat the opioid epidemic, according to a recent study.

Senate breaks with past and passes standalone HHS spending bill—that includes a $1B boost

August 24, 2018

The Senate's fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill for HHS and the departments of Defense, Labor, and Education includes $90 billion for HHS, up by about $1 billion from FY 2018 levels, and would allocate $39.1 billion to NIH, an increase of about 5% from FY 2018 levels.

In a first, DOJ seeks to remove physicians' prescribing powers over illicit opioid Rxs

August 24, 2018

The Department of Justice says orders seeking to bar two Ohio physicians from prescribing medicine are the first-ever civil injunctions filed under the Controlled Substances Act against physicians who allegedly illicitly prescribed opioids.

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."

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