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Highlights from the 2017 APA Annual Meeting
June 8, 2017   

The 2017 APA annual meeting, held in NEI's hometown of San Diego, was themed "Prevention Through Partnership" and included more than 400 sessions. Here, we provide highlights of the meeting, including NEI's podcast interviews with expert presenters, key research from the poster sessions, and NEI's debut live concert--the NEI PsychopharmaJam.
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Increase in Opioid-Related Deaths Not Driven By Prescription Painkillers
January 12, 2017   

Opioid abuse remains an epidemic in the United States, with over 50,000 deaths associated with drug overdose, and 63% of those attributed to opioids...
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Oral Ketamine Relieves Depression in Patients with Chronic Pain
November 17, 2016   

In a six-week randomized, double-blind study, 150 mg of oral ketamine was compared to 150 mg of diclofenac, administered daily to patients with chronic pain...
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FDA Alert: Medication and Medical Device Approvals
September 12, 2016   

The US FDA has approved the marketing of computerized cognitive tests to assess for possible concussions, granted tentative approval for Trokendi XR for migraine prevention, and approved abuse-deterrent Troxyca ER for severe pain management.
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FDA Alert: Boxed Warning for Combined Use of Opioids and Benzodiazepines
September 2, 2016   

The US FDA is added a boxed warning to the labels of opioid pain and opioid cough medications and benzodiazepines regarding the increased risk of central nervous system (CNS) depressant effects when these medications are used together...
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Study Suggests Increased Risk of Major Birth Defects With Pregabalin
June 17, 2016   

There is often great concern over the use of psychotropic agents in women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant and knowledge of any particular agent's reproductive toxicity are largely based on animal studies. In this prospective study of 820 pregnancies (164 pregabalin-exposed and 656 epileptic-free controls), Winterfeld et al. found an increased risk...
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FDA Alerts: Pimavanserin, Diabetes Medications, and Opioids
April 18, 2016   

The US FDA warned of heart risk failure with diabetes medications and required enhanced warnings and labeling changes for opioid medications, while an FDA Advisory Committee voted on the risks vs. benefits of pimavanserin.
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March News and New Research
March 1, 2016   

New CDC Guidelines for Opioid Use, A Novel Risk Assessment Tool for Pediatric Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms, Predictors of New-Onset Bipolar Disorder in At-Risk Youths, and other news.
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June News and New Research
June 1, 2015   

LAI risperidone superior to oral risperidone in first-episode psychosis, Daytrana patch may cause permanent skin color loss, depression as a prodromal symptom of Parkinson's disease, and other news.
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July News and New Research
July 1, 2014   

Certain blood proteins may predict conversion to Alzheimer's disease, sleep deprivation can induce psychosis-like symptoms, autism may be mostly heritable and associated with common variants, and other news.
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