“Has a world with fentanyl produced a new understanding of ‘imminent risk’?” ask researchers Michael Stein and Paul Christopher, calling into question the judiciary practice of non-criminal “civil commitment”—court-ordered short-term, in-patient hospitalization—in dealing…

An Indiana county has halted a needle exchange program doling out clean syringes to drug users. Flouting evidence of their efficacy, commissioners voted against the program on moral grounds, citing the Bible.   Critics argue needle exchanges enable drug users. In 1998,…

In April 2016, the opioid epidemic had already killed over 200,000 people when Congress passed a bill that significantly restricted DEA oversight to shut down shady prescription drug distribution practices.  

For want of a few cents’ worth of morphine, almost 26 million people die in pain around the world, according to a new Lancet Commission report.

Ads can help people change behavior, but the CDC’s new anti-opioid campaign (tagline: "It only takes a little to lose a lot") misses the mark, skeptical public health experts charge.   “Everyone pointed to the same fatal flaw: The ads tell viewers that prescription opioids…

“Micro-manufacturing” may be the future of pharmaceuticals: Researchers at the University of Michigan invented a new vaporizing technique that allows them to “print” custom-mixed medications.

A rare-disease exclusion in the Affordable Care Act is making it difficult for rural hospitals to keep costly, lifesaving drugs in stock. Though the ACA folded rural hospitals into a federal program that discounts drugs for hospitals with primarily low-income patients, the…

Existing US law has hampered the FDA’s ability to provide effective oversight to the nonprescription drug market, writes Joshua Sharfstein, former Maryland health secretary and director of Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg American Health Initiative.   The difficulty arises,…

The Georgetown University Medical Center invites applicants for a fellowship to study substandard, falsified medicines. The opportunity, co-sponsored by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention Quality Institute, is open to qualified candidates with advanced degrees. See RFA for…

When drugs in hospital and retail pharmacies reach their expiration date, they must be destroyed. But when drugs in the US Department of Defense stockpile expire, their expiration dates are often extended through a program developed with the FDA.Testing by government and…