National Portrait Gallery Rejects Donation From Purdue Pharma’s Sackler Family

A British art gallery has decided it won’t take 1 million pound ($1.3 million) pledge from a charitable organization run by Purdue Pharma’s Sackler family. In a statement on Wednesday, the National Portrait Gallery said that “recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait […]

Opioid Prescriptions Are Down—But Patients Are Using Them Longer

Doctors are prescribing fewer opioids, but that doesn’t necessarily mean translate to good news in the fight against opioid addiction. Between 2006 and 2017, 223.7 million opioid prescriptions were filled each year, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Opioid prescription rates annually rose to a peak in 2010, […]

Drug Companies Must Fund Opioid Studies to Curb Overdose Epidemic, Says FDA Commissioner

The commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, says that addressing the opioid epidemic requires a bolder plan of action, and that the agency will require drug companies to initiate studies on whether opioids are effective treatment for chronic pain. Depending on the results of those studies, the FDA could […]

Purdue Pharma Reportedly Knew Doctors Underestimated OxyContin’s Strength

Purdue Pharma knew that doctors thought the painkiller OxyContin, which helped contribute to the current opioid crisis, was weaker than morphine when it was really twice as strong, ProPublica and STAT jointly reported. But the pharmaceutical company didn’t correct the misunderstanding because it was boosting use and sales of the product, according to email exchanges […]