Misuse of medicines the new danger – Casey Weekly Berwick

THE misuse of prescribed pharmaceuticals is Australia’s fastest growing drug problem, raising the possibility that deaths from prescribed drugs may eventually surpass those from illicit drug overdoses, doctors have warned.

Structural issues in the health system including limitations of GP consultations and rapid hospital discharges are contributing to an explosion in prescriptions for opiods, benzodiazepines and codeine-containing analgesics.

These drugs are being diverted (more…)

Addicted To Painkillers: Tighten laws on access to medications like oxycodone – Syracuse.com (blog)

First, let’s stipulate that addiction to painkillers is a disease. It’s not a moral failing or a character flaw. But it’s a serious problem that has spiraled across the country, and Central New York is no exception. Several changes, including stronger state and federal legislation, offer hope at stemming the epidemic of addiction and its attendant problems of violence, crime, overdoses (more…)

QRxPharma Granted Additional US Patent on MoxDuo® – MarketWatch (press release)

SYDNEY and BEDMINSTER, N.J., May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — QRxPharma Limited (asx:QRX and OTCQX) announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued the Company U.S. Patent No. 8,182,837, which does not expire until 2023. This patent covers a method of treatment of pain comprising the administration of the oral Dual Opioid® compositions of MoxDuo IR (more…)