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Why opioids hit white areas harder: Doctors there prescribe more, study finds

A new study of prescribing practices across all of California’s 1,760 ZIP codes helps explain why opiates, some of medicine’s most addictive drugs, have wreaked more havoc on white communities than on communities of color. (photo: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Full article from the LA Times

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on ongoing efforts to stop the spread of illicit opioids

Tens of millions of packages are estimated to contain FDA-regulated products, and a surprisingly high percentage of these products are illegal.

Read the Commissioner's full statement

DeGette, Markey demand documents from FDA on approval of new opioid painkiller

Lawmakers expressed serious concerns about the risk of addiction associated with a supercharged opioid like Dsuvia, as well as with the FDA’s process of approval. There are allegations that the FDA disinvited members of the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee to a key meeting in order to make approval more likely.

Read more about Degette's letter here

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