Oxycontin

Rival Opioid Makers Sought To Cash In On Alarm Over OxyContin’s Dangers

When critics attacked Purdue Pharma for deaths linked to OxyContin, rivals stepped up their marketing of other potentially dangerous painkillers, such as fentanyl and morphine.

As Purdue Pharma faced mounting criticism over deaths linked to OxyContin, rival drugmakers saw a chance to boost sales by stepping up marketing of similarly dangerous painkillers, such as fentanyl, morphine and methadone, Purdue internal documents reveal.

Buehler Wants to Let Pharmacists Directly Prescribe Anti-Overdose Drug

Building on a bill from 2015 that gives pharmacists the ability to dispense birth control without a doctor’s prescription, HB 4124 allows them to bypass physicians when selling Naloxone, which is used to reverse the effects of an opiate or narcotic overdose, including from heroin and prescription drugs like Vicodin and Oxycontin.

Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, is promoting a bill that would give pharmacists the ability to quickly dispense a life-saving drug for use in opiate overdoses without the prescription of one of his fellow physicians.

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