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FDA asks drug firm to stop selling opioid analgesic Opana ER
June 9, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested that Endo Pharmaceuticals stop selling the reformulated version of its opioid analgesic Opana ER due to the risk for abuse.  Discuss
Are nonnarcotic analgesics effective for post-op endo pain?
June 8, 2017 -- Some patients and dental practitioners favor the use of nonnarcotic analgesics or opioid alternatives for treating postoperative endodontic pain, but studies on their effectiveness for this indication have been conflicting. However, a new review suggests that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen are potent options.  Discuss
Opioid painkillers more common in low-income households
May 26, 2017 -- Household income may determine whether a patient uses an opioid or nonopioid analgesic for dental pain, a new study has found. Participants from households making less than $15,000 per year were nearly twice as likely to take opioids than those from the highest income bracket.
Endo retreatment pain similar with reciprocating, rotary systems
May 22, 2017 -- When endodontic retreatment is needed, is using a reciprocating or rotary instrumentation system a better option? Research has produced conflicting results, depending upon the factors studied. To learn more, a new randomized clinical trial examined how the use of these instruments for retreatment affects postoperative pain.
New product: Cetylite debuts mint anesthetic gel
May 16, 2017 -- Pharmaceutical manufacturer Cetylite plans to offer a new mint flavor for the company's topical anesthetic gel.  Discuss
Trump to nominate opioid commission members
May 12, 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has announced his nominations for a national commission to combat opioid addiction.  Discuss
New product: Parkell launches gel desensitizer
May 10, 2017 -- Dental supply manufacturer Parkell has introduced a new dentin desensitizer.  Discuss
Survey: Patients seek opioid alternatives for postextraction pain
May 8, 2017 -- After third-molar extractions, patients and their parents overwhelmingly prefer nonopioid pain management, according to a study presented at the 2017 American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons annual meeting.  Discuss
Trump signs budget bill to increase NIH, CDC funding
May 5, 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a new budget bill that will increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Discuss
New 2017 budget bill increases NIH, CDC funding
May 3, 2017 -- A new U.S. government budget bill proposes increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The funding includes millions of dollars for efforts that prevent and treat opioid abuse.  Discuss
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