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Findings show that blockade of OGF-OGFr interfacing influences diabetic wound healing

Findings show that blockade of OGF-OGFr interfacing influences diabetic wound healing

A major complication associated with diabetes is delayed cell replication in epithelium and skin. Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania have reported the presence and function of the opioid growth factor (OGF) and its nuclear-associated receptor (OGFr) in skin. [More]
FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

FDA approves Contrave extended-release tablets for chronic weight management

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Orexigen® Therapeutics, Inc. jointly announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Contrave® extended-release tablets as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition. [More]
Naltrexone may be effective in diminishing ICD symptoms in PD patients, study finds

Naltrexone may be effective in diminishing ICD symptoms in PD patients, study finds

Up to 20 percent of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and their families may confront a common but largely unrecognized challenge: the occurrence of impulse control disorders (ICDs) such as compulsive gambling, sexual behavior, eating, or spending. [More]
Alcoholic liver disease: an interview with Dr Vinood Patel, University of Westminster

Alcoholic liver disease: an interview with Dr Vinood Patel, University of Westminster

Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and also in the UK. As its name indicates this disease arises due to consuming excessive amounts of alcohol (80 g/day) over an extended period, normally 10-20 years. [More]
New prescription weight-loss medication combines antidepressant with addiction medication

New prescription weight-loss medication combines antidepressant with addiction medication

A new prescription weight-loss medication that combines a popular antidepressant with a medication for addiction will be reviewed by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for potential approval. [More]
RBCC's injectable technology poised to improve use of addiction treatment drug

RBCC's injectable technology poised to improve use of addiction treatment drug

Rainbow Coral Corp. received a boost recently when researchers reported that a medication that could help tens of thousands of alcoholics quit drinking are underused. [More]
New intervention program may benefit chronically homeless, alcohol-dependent individuals

New intervention program may benefit chronically homeless, alcohol-dependent individuals

Chronically homeless, alcohol-dependent individuals might benefit from a new intervention that does not require them to stop or even reduce drinking, according to the results of a preliminary study in Seattle. [More]
Study: Wider use of medications may help reduce substance abuse, related hospital admissions

Study: Wider use of medications may help reduce substance abuse, related hospital admissions

A comparatively new form of a medication for alcohol and opioid dependence that's injected once a month instead of taken orally once a day appears to be significantly more effective than some other medications - because more patients actually continue the prescribed regimen. [More]
Several medications can help people with alcohol use disorders quit drinking

Several medications can help people with alcohol use disorders quit drinking

Several medications can help people with alcohol use disorders maintain abstinence or reduce drinking, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [More]
HHS calls health care providers to expand use of medications to treat opioid addiction, reduce overdose deaths

HHS calls health care providers to expand use of medications to treat opioid addiction, reduce overdose deaths

​A national response to the epidemic of prescription opioid overdose deaths was outlined yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine by leaders of agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [More]
Pfizer announces results from Phase 3 study of ALO-02 in patients with chronic low back pain

Pfizer announces results from Phase 3 study of ALO-02 in patients with chronic low back pain

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) announced today top-line results from a Phase 3 study of investigational agent ALO-02 (oxycodone hydrochloride and naltrexone hydrochloride extended-release capsules) in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic low back pain. [More]
RBCC, Therakine reach major milestone in the development of new drug delivery technology

RBCC, Therakine reach major milestone in the development of new drug delivery technology

Rainbow Coral Corp. and its joint venture partner, Therakine, Ltd., are pleased to announce that they have reached a major new milestone in the development of a revolutionary new drug delivery technology. [More]
Orexigen Therapeutics reports net loss of $18.6 million in Q3 2013

Orexigen Therapeutics reports net loss of $18.6 million in Q3 2013

Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of obesity, today announced business and financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. [More]
FDA approves Prior Approval Supplement for EMBEDA Extended Release Capsules CII

FDA approves Prior Approval Supplement for EMBEDA Extended Release Capsules CII

Pfizer Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a Prior Approval Supplement for EMBEDA (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride) Extended Release Capsules CII. [More]
Generic drug gabapentin appears to be safe, effective in treating alcohol dependence

Generic drug gabapentin appears to be safe, effective in treating alcohol dependence

The generic drug gabapentin, which is already widely prescribed for epilepsy and some kinds of pain, appears to be safe and effective in the treatment of alcohol dependence. The finding comes from a 150-patient randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind clinical trial conducted by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute. [More]
Reformulated OxyContin®: an interview with Dr. Paul Coplan, Executive Director, Risk Management and Epidemiology, Purdue Pharma

Reformulated OxyContin®: an interview with Dr. Paul Coplan, Executive Director, Risk Management and Epidemiology, Purdue Pharma

OxyContin contains oxycodone, which is an opioid agonist. It is used for the management of moderate to severe pain when a constant opioid analgesic is needed for a prolonged period of time. [More]
OGF-OGFr axis can be modulated in human triple-negative breast cancer cells to inhibit proliferation

OGF-OGFr axis can be modulated in human triple-negative breast cancer cells to inhibit proliferation

Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, led by Dr. Ian S. Zagon, have discovered that a novel biological pathway, the OGF-OGFr axis, can be modulated in human triple-negative breast cancer cells to inhibit proliferation. According to BreastCancer.org 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer and more than 39,000 deaths occur annually. [More]
Prolonged exposure therapy does not increase drinking in PTSD and alcohol dependent patients

Prolonged exposure therapy does not increase drinking in PTSD and alcohol dependent patients

Contrary to past concerns, using prolonged exposure therapy to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid alcohol dependence does not increase drinking or cravings, Penn Medicine psychiatrists report in the August 7 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on violence/human rights. [More]

New Mexico Medicaid overhaul OK'd

Medicaid recipients will face co-pays for some treatments and have their medical services tracked as part of a program overhaul that is intended to lower the costs of providing health care, Gov. Susana Martinez's administration announced Monday. There will be no changes in determining who qualifies for Medicaid, which serves about a quarter of New Mexico's population (Massey, 7/15). [More]
TSRI scientists find emotion-related brain region plays major role in sustaining cocaine addiction

TSRI scientists find emotion-related brain region plays major role in sustaining cocaine addiction

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found evidence that an emotion-related brain region called the central amygdala—whose activity promotes feelings of malaise and unhappiness—plays a major role in sustaining cocaine addiction. [More]