Drug Addiction 2017: Weight Loss Drug Lorcaserin Effective In Curbing Oxycodone Cravings -…

The prescription weight-loss medication lorcaserin helps to decrease opiate addiction, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston say.

UTMB scientist Kathryn Cunningham, director of the Center for Addiction Research and a professor in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, conducted a preclinical study and found lorcaserin can reduce the cravings for the opioid oxycodone.

“The effectiveness of lorcaserin in reducing (more…)

Biotech Hits 11-Year High On Potential To Dethrone Oxycodone – Investor’s Business Daily

Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) stock soared more than 40% to an 11-year high Monday after unveiling strong data for a pain-relief pill that could be an alternative to the potentially addictive oxycodone.

In a phase three study of 600 patients, Nektar’s drug, known as NKTR-181, significantly improved chronic low back pain vs. a placebo in patients never treated with an opioid. The trial (more…)

‘Give Me The Oxycodone And No One Gets Hurt’: Cops Seek Man Who Tried To Rob CVS -…

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A man apparently desperate for Oxycodone tried to rob a Queens pharmacy on Thursday, and now police are hoping that the public can help identify him.

The incident occurred around 7:20 p.m. on March 16 at the CVS Pharmacy at 72-09 Northern Boulevard. According to the authorities, the suspect walked into the store, walked to the service counter and gave a note (more…)