Healthcare News March 27, 2013

  • FDA under more pressure to regulate painkillers

    The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is recommending stricter labels on oxycodone and hydrocodone painkillers to help curb abuse of the drugs.

    In a letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week, the DEA endorsed a citizen petition sent in 2012 asking the regulator to tighten restrictions on opioid painkillers.

  • Dems fundraising off nation’s strictest abortion law

    Democrats in North Dakota are already raising funds off a new state law that bans abortions at about six weeks of fetal development, the earliest cut-off point in the nation.

    The North Dakota Democratic Party asked supporters for donations just hours after Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) signed the so-called “heartbeat” ban into law.

    “North Dakota has passed some of the most extreme legislation in the country, effectively limiting women’s rights to make her own private healthcare choices,” said Rania Batrice, communications director with the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, in a statement. 

  • Schumer tells FDA to require ‘anti-abuse’ features on generic painkiller

    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require security features on generic versions of the addictive painkiller, Oxycodone.

    Next month, Oxycodone will lose its patent protection, but the FDA has not required generic drug manufactures to include security measures used in Oxycodone to make it more difficult to abuse the drug through crushing and snorting the medication.

  • White House defends voter registration through ObamaCare

    Carney said no politics are involved in asking whether people want to register to vote.

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