Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Combating the growing opioid epidemic with the “rescue shot”

By Ned Milenkovich, PharmD, JD (Principal and Co-Chair of the Health Care Law group at Much Shelist)

Heroin and prescription drug overdoses have reached epidemic levels in the United States, surpassing car accidents and firearms as the leading cause of injury deaths, an annual assessment by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has found. 

The opioid epidemic has grabbed the attention of politicians, public health officials, and drug company executives alike. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called it “a top priority,” and the House of Representatives is expected to review several bills specifically aimed at curbing the abuse of heroin and painkillers; the Senate passed similar legislation in March of this year.

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Ned Milenkovich, PharmD, JD

Ned Milenkovich, PharmD, JD

Ned Milenkovich, co-chair of the firm’s Health Care practice, helps health care and drug & pharmacy clients meet the demands of federal and state regulators, strengthen their positions in a highly competitive marketplace, and resolve a broad range of commercial disputes. Ned represents businesses of all sizes, with a focus on companies with interests and operations throughout the drug supply chain. 

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