FDA Supports New Formulation of Oxycodone, Expects to Discourage Misuse


FDA has given its consent on a formulation of Oxycodone; it is taken as a painkiller by humans to get rid of the problems caused by opioid.

So far, the drug has only been remembered for the maltreatment and is also called Hillbilly Heroin on the street because of the way it is being used by the consumers. The new formulation aims to provide mechanisms for reliable use in order to discourage users from injecting or snorting the drug by squashing it.

The drug is manufactured by Purdue Pharmaceuticals. The FDA is of belief that the users will continue to misuse the drug. The new version of the drug is being declared a measure towards the right direction and is expected to add some advantage.

Bob Rappaport, Director of the Division of Anaesthesia and Analgesia Products in the FDA’s Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research said, “As with all opioids, safety is an important consideration. Prescribers and patients need to know that its tamper-resistant properties are limited and need to carefully weigh the benefits and risks of using this medication to treat pain”.

A study which was published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine confirmed that there has been an increase in the number of patients who are being hospitalized in the United States due to the overdoses of the painkillers to get relief from opioids.

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