A new drug that could treat opioid addiction is a big deal.
The National Institutes of Health announced on Monday that it has approved the first new drug to be developed to treat opioid dependence since the late 1990s.
The drug, called Opana, is an injectable opioid that has been used for decades to treat a range of medical conditions, including severe opioid overdoses.
It can be taken in pill or tablet form, and can be used by anyone with a prescription.
But the FDA is looking for another way to treat pain.
The drug has received an FDA nod for approval, but it will take several years to gain FDA approval.
The FDA will need to complete more studies, get the drug approved by doctors and receive patient feedback before the drug is available to the public.
So, the FDA could be giving the green light to the first opioid drug approved in nearly three decades.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to be part of this moment,” said Peter Schreiber, a senior vice president for pharmaceuticals at Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY), the maker of Opana.
“This is going to be a pivotal moment in our fight against the opioid crisis and we are going to take advantage of it.”
Opana is an opioid antagonist, a class of drugs that blocks the action of opioid receptors in the brain.
It also helps to lower blood pressure, increase appetite, and reduce the risk of blood clots.
A study published in February found that the drug could reduce deaths from opioid overdoses by 30% and reduce their recurrence by 60% for people who use heroin or other opioid drugs.
It has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The FDA approved Opana on March 6 for use in people who have been using opioid painkillers for at least two years, and have been diagnosed with severe pain.
That’s an indication that people with severe opioid addiction need to try the drug first, said Dr. Steven Siegel, chief of the opioid program at the Yale School of Medicine.
It’s important to understand the clinical and scientific challenges of treating opioid addiction, and it’s important that people use the opioid for the treatment they are prescribed, said David Gelles, chief medical officer for Eli Lilly.
People with opioid addiction have a number of health risks, including heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
The risks are also higher among people who inject or inject drugs, and many of them use opioids to treat severe pain, Siegel said.
The approval of Opena, though, means it could be available to tens of millions of people who don’t have the same health risks.
Opana was developed in conjunction with researchers at the University of North Carolina and Massachusetts General Hospital, who studied people with opioid dependence and found that it worked for a subset of people.
Researchers then worked with doctors to make sure that the drugs were safe and effective for the people they were treating.
They were able to test it on a subset that has chronic pain.
The drug is not expected to be available in the United States for some time.
But its approval is expected to have a big impact on people in the U, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Germany, and other countries.
Opena has been in clinical trials in the Netherlands and has received approval in other countries, including Britain and Ireland.
Scientists hope to launch Opana in the second half of 2019.
The agency has been slow to approve the drug, which has been on the market for more than a decade.
But that could change, as the FDA and industry move faster toward approval.
“There are going a lot of different avenues, both for approval and for a full-blown clinical trial, and we’re very excited about those,” said Dr.(Dr.)
David McBride, who is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
McBride said the agency should give the FDA more time to study the drug.
“There is a great deal of interest in the drug and a great amount of enthusiasm for the FDA,” McBride said.
For people with serious health problems, he said, the drug has the potential to make a big difference.
The company is already offering a trial of Opna in patients with a variety of medical problems, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
In addition, Opana is being tested on a handful of people with other chronic pain conditions, and the company plans to start a Phase 2 trial in the third quarter of 2019 in people with Parkinson’s.
The company has said it will be able to offer Opana to people with moderate to severe pain as early as the fourth quarter of 2020.
The NIH said the study is not intended to diagnose people who are not at risk