The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new oxycodone formula that released the drug more slowly into the system.
OxyContin, as it’s known, is sometimes broken down, crushed or dissolved and used by drug abusers for its opioid pain killer properties.
The new formulation for oxycodone hydrochloride is released over the course of a day to “discourage misuse and abuse of the medication” says the FDA in a news release.
The FDA warns the drug can still be abused by taking larger quantities than recommended.
For those legitimately using the drug for moderate to severe pain, it will still provide around-the-clock treatment, reports the New York Times.
The FDA reports that approximately half a million people used OxyContin for non-medical purposes for the first time in 2008.
Manufacturer, Purdue Pharma LP of Stamford, Conn. submitted the new formulation to the FDA for review in September.
Purdue must conduct post marketing evaluation of the new formula to determine whether it has cut down in use among abusers. #