Drug Shortages Act Needed As Coronavirus Threats Grow

Legislation recently introduced in the US House of Representatives will help curb drug shortages, particularly in light of potential COVID-19 supply chain issues. The Preventing Drug Shortages Act (H.R. 6080) was introduced by a group of Congressional representatives on March 5.1 It would help mitigate shortage triggers by enhancing transparency throughout the drug supply chain Read More

Rural Development Expert Takes Aim at Rural Drug Addiction

Anne Hazlett, formerly assistant to the secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has pivoted to address a specific ill plaguing rural counties, serving now as the senior adviser at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). She’s leading the agency’s multi-faceted approach toward illicit drugs — addiction prevention, Read More

Do courts lack info about medication-assisted treatment as an option for defendants with opioid addiction?

Judges aren’t doctors, and they shouldn’t make decisions on whether medication-assisted treatment is appropriate for defendants addicted to opioids, says Timothy Young, the public defender for Ohio. But some do, he adds, and whether a defendant can be on probation or in drug court while receiving medication-assisted treatment can differ by judge, including those in the Read More

Doctors, patients: Efforts to block opioid addiction are also blocking treatment

MILWAUKEE — Just walking up to a pharmacy window is enough to send Tina Kasten’s brain into overdrive. “You freak out,” Kasten said, using words like “anxiety” and “stress” to describe how she feels when she tries to pick up her prescription. Kasten, who lives in Manitowoc, takes Suboxone as part of her treatment for Read More