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Lucemyra: FDA Approves New Medication-Assisted Treatment

FDA approved Lucemyra

Lucemyra has been on the market in the UK to assist with opioid withdrawal symptoms for about twenty years, but its use in the US has only just been approved. The FDA cleared the drug last Wednesday via fast-track to give American doctors another tool for fighting the opioid epidemic. Lucemyra alone is not to […]

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Purdue Pharma “Fights Opioid Epidemic” – Too Little, Too Late?

Perdue pharma

Purdue Pharma is one of the largest opioid makers in the country and the subject of countless lawsuits in the past few years. They’ve received scrutiny over their choices to market and push Oxycontin on the doctors, and in February, they promised to stop actively marketing the drug. Now, this opioid maker is making efforts […]

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Dr. Phil’s Addicted Guests Allegedly Exploited

Dr. Phil at the 1st Annual Merv Griffen/Beverly Hills Country Club Celebrity Tennis Classic to benefit ChildHelp USA, Beverly Hills Country Club, Beverly Hills, CA 09-21-02

A little over a week ago, revelations that Dr. Phil exploited people with addiction disorders made its way all over the news, shocking addiction recovery advocates and dismaying many of the treatment centers and interventionists he frequently works with when staging interventions. Several guests appearing on Phil McGraw’s talk show told of temptation in their […]

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Sublocade, New Med FDA-Approved for Opioid Abuse Disorder

Subclocade once a month

Last week, the FDA announced approval of a once-a-month drug, Sublocade, for individuals with an opioid use disorder who need drug-assisted treatment to get and stay clean. For people suffering from the opiate-related disorders, there are just a few options for drug-related therapy to help them reduce cravings and stay clean. Suboxone and methadone have […]

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Insurance Giant Cigna to Halt Coverage for Oxycontin

CIGNA oxycontin news

Cigna health insurance, the fourth largest insurer in the US company with over 11,400,000 members, has taken what is seen as a drastic step in the fight against opioid addiction. Effective in January, the insurance giant will effectively stop covering the cost of use of the opioid OxyContin. While many in the addiction treatment profession […]

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