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New OxyContin Formula To Cut Abuse

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 12:50 PM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, FDA, Drug Abuse

The FDA has approved a new slow release OxyContin formula to cut down on abuse of the opioid.

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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. #


4 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by E
Wednesday, April 07, 2010 3:54 AM EST

OxyContin is the first choice for many prescription drug abusers and this is only going to hurt them. There are other pills that can be abused, and they are going to turn to them instead of OxyContin.

Anonymous User
Posted by Fluke
Friday, April 16, 2010 9:03 AM EST

Why not close down the pill factories in Florida(pain releif doctors)who perscribe unlimited doses to their fack patients so they can sell them on the street and take peoples money and ruin good wholesome families. Please save the children of this unbeleivable madness!

Anonymous User
Posted by anon.
Sunday, April 25, 2010 8:12 AM EST

this is not the answer to solve the problem... this is only going to hurt the patients who use this medication for the reasons it was made in the first place, and going to lessen it's intended painkilling properties, leaving the patient to look toward opana or methadone... neither a better match, nor any better formulation. opana is a close second, but many have attributed it with not being as painkilling as oxycontin. i can see this as being a disaster for patients, all in the name of fighting drug abuse. the drug isn't the problem... it's the addiction... the junkies, they could just as easily (and probably will be) get heroin in place of it, and then be a thousand times more at risk for death and destruction of their lives. not saying fighting the abuse of oxycontin is bad or anything... just saying this is probably the worst answer to address the situation. maybe it's just my opinion, but i'm pretty sure there are many others out there that agree...

Anonymous User
Posted by CK
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 10:37 AM EST

Why are none of these articles stating EXACTLY how the oxycodone was reformulated. I'm scared its not going to be as effective and thus cut the quality of people's lives significantly, just b/c some people abuse it. Many more don't abuse and take only as prescribed. This is all so frustrating to me and another case of not letting Doctors to their jobs without interference from Drug Companies, Insurance companies, and now the FDA!

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