Purdue Proposes Settlement for Opioid Suits in Bankruptcy Court

Purdue Pharma LP, one of the largest manufacturers of opioids in the United States, recently filed for bankruptcy in New York amidst a bevy of lawsuits related to the sale and marketing of opioid medications. Its now-former owners, the Sackler family, have been accused both individually and as Purdue’s board members of deliberately pushing its prescription painkillers, thus aggravating an opioid crisis that is estimated to kill approximately 130 people every day in the United States. Purdue’s attorneys have proposed a settlement that would resolve the thousands of suits currently pending against them, as well as resolve a federal inquiry … Read the rest

FDA Warns Off-Label Prescription of Painkiller Fentora Can Cause Death and Life-Threatening Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning today about the risk of potentially fatal overdoses with Fentora, a narcotic painkiller manufactured by Cephalon. The action comes less than two weeks after the company sent a letter to doctors notifying them of three drug-related deaths.

The FDA has received reports of death and life-threatening side effects in patients who have taken Fentora. The reported deaths were the result of improper selection of patients, dosing, or improper product substitution, according to the FDA. One of the deaths was a suicide.

Last October, the FDA approved Fentora for use in cancer patients … Read the rest