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  • Potentially Dangerous Lithium Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (March 2019)
    Read about the many prescription medications that can interact in dangerous ways with lithium, the drug of choice for treating bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression.
  • Illegally Promoting a Dangerous Opioid With Sex, Guns and Cash [hide all summaries]
    (August 2018)
    In his editor’s column, Dr. Michael Carome discusses the outrageous tactics that sales representatives from drugmaker Insys Therapeutics allegedly used to illegally promote fentanyl sublingual spray (SUBSYS), a rapid-acting, highly addictive, dangerous opioid that is sprayed under the tongue.
  • Do Not Use Fentanyl for Non-Cancer Pain [hide all summaries]
    (February 2018)
    Fentanyl is a dangerous synthetic opioid that has been involved in an increasing number of overdose deaths in the U.S. Learn why this drug should be used only by cancer patients with breakthrough cancer-related pain.
  • Opioid Maker Executives “No Better Than Street-Level Drug Dealers” [hide all summaries]
    (January 2018)
    Worst Pills, Best Pills News Editor Dr. Michael Carome discusses the recent arrest of John Kapoor, the billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics — the drug company that markets fentanyl sublingual spray (SUBSYS), a highly addictive, dangerous opioid drug. Kapoor has been charged with “leading a nationwide conspiracy” to profit by bribing doctors to inappropriately prescribe the company’s fentanyl spray product.
  • Long-Acting Opioids: Extra Caution Needed [hide all summaries]
    (December 2015)
    In this article, we review new evidence suggesting that long-acting opioids are associated with a higher risk of unintentional life-threatening over¬doses than short-acting forms of these drugs.

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