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Improved OxyContin Detox Stats Unlikely For New “Tamper-proof” OxyContin Formula

In Florida, more OxyContin and oxycodone is prescribed, sold and diverted to illegal uses than anywhere else in the country. Not surprising, then, that at Novus Medical Detox Center in Pasco County, Florida, OxyContin detox is one of the most-delivered medical detox services.

OxyContin abusers frequently crush or dissolve the time-release tablets to extract the active opioid, oxycodone, all at once. Critics hoped that an effective abuse-reducing reformulation might help. Hopes rose after Purdue Pharma, the drug’s maker, announced it was developing just such a new formula.

Well, the new tamper-proof OxyContin formula has been approved by the FDA and distribution has begun. But according to both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Purdue Pharma, it promises next to nothing for reducing dependencies, addictions and deaths. Based on available information, Florida’s soaring OxyContin detox statistics will likely see little if any improvement.

According to the FDA, which approved the new formula last April, the new OxyContin “may be an improvement that may result in less risk of overdose due to tampering, and will likely result in less abuse by snorting or injection; but it still can be abused or misused by simply ingesting larger doses than are recommended.”

That’s too many “mays” to offer any certainty. Purdue Pharma’s own press release is no better, containing a section, underlined by Purdue, that stresses the complete lack of evidence of effectiveness:

“Purdue elected to reformulate OxyContin … in an effort to make the tablet more difficult to manipulate for the purpose of intentional misuse and abuse, however, there is no evidence that the reformulation of OxyContin is less subject to misuse, abuse, diversion, overdose or addiction.”

Talk about covering one’s nether regions to avoid any possibility of reprisal. The statements from both the FDA and Purdue make sure no one should expect fewer OxyContin deaths, addictions or demands for OxyContin detox treatment.

For OxyContin detox patients, the FDA offers mostly platitudes

Purdue’s new OxyContin formulation promises little or nothing truly effective to reduce the OxyContin death rate, or put the brakes on record-setting demands for OxyContin detox treatment.

While Purdue Pharma cranks up production of OxyContin with no apparent regard for where it all winds up, the FDA continues to offer platitudes.

“Although this new formulation of OxyContin may provide only an incremental advantage over the current version of the drug, it is still a step in the right direction,” said Bob Rappaport, M.D., director of the Division of Anesthesia and Analgesia Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “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.”

It sounds like the folks who approved the first version of OxyContin are still plenty gun shy. That version led to criminal convictions of three Purdue Pharma executives and state and federal fines of $635 million over the company’s blatant lying about the drug’s safety, among other crimes. And it also left the FDA with egg all over its face.

In spite of the criminal convictions, millions of people were left at risk of OxyContin addiction and death, the continuing cost of OxyContin addiction has been staggering, and the demand for OxyContin detox has continued unabated.

With the second version now approved, we can only wait to see if anything at all changes for better, or worse.

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OxyContin detox stats not helped by Purdue and the illicit drug trade

Many patients arriving for OxyContin detox treatment are victims of illicit OxyContin dependence and addiction, even though many of them became dependent while taking a legitimate prescription. Once they’re hooked they must turn to the streets to support their addiction.

Even though law enforcement officials apprehend drug dealers with thousands of OxyContin and oxycodone pills every day of the week, millions more pills reach the illicit marketplace.

According to the FDA, OxyContin “can be easily obtained through illicit channels. The high volume of OxyContin supply available to the public, and the discrepancy between the fair and black market value of the medicine, contributes to diversion, illicit sale, and abuse of OxyContin.” OxyContin abuse remains high, with new abusers of OxyContin reaching above half a million every year, and thousands switching to cheaper heroin.

As an after-thought, one has to wonder how Purdue Pharma plans for OxyContin production. Obviously it takes into account both the demand for legitimate prescriptions, as well as the demand from the illicit black market. Regardless of where the OxyContin eventually winds up, presumably Purdue still gets paid. There should be something wrong with planning for, and profiting directly from, the criminal use of a product called “legal heroin” while enjoying the full protection of the law.

Will demand for Remoxy detox match OxyContin detox?

There is a new player on the time-release oxycodone block. Remoxy, from King Pharmaceuticals, has just been resubmitted for approval to the FDA.

Remoxy, like the new OxyContin, contains large amounts of oxycodone in a time-release formula. And like the new OxyContin, it incorporates substances intended to make it difficult to crush or dissolve the tablets for the purpose of abuse.

King Pharmaceuticals and partner Pain Therapeutics Inc., first submitted Remoxy for FDA approval in 2008, but the application was rejected for lack of evidence that it was effectively “abuse-resistant”.

But in October this year, Big Pharma giant Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, acquired King Pharmaceuticals for $3.3 billion. The deal isn’t final, but there is no reason to suspect that it won’t go through. It isn’t surprising that Remoxy was resubmitted just weeks after the takeover, considering Pfizer’s enormous resources and financial and political clout.

Whether or not it effectively resists abuse, if Remoxy is approved it means only one thing to legitimate patients as well as drug addicts: more deaths and more ruined lives.

As for OxyContin, the FDA has already approved the new “tamper proof” version in spite of doubts as to its effectiveness. But it has also directed Purdue “to conduct a postmarket study to collect data on the extent to which the new formulation reduces abuse and misuse of this opioid.”

Approval with a postmarket study means to go ahead and start selling it to the public now, and then start a study to find out if what you say you are selling actually works. That’s just locking the barn door after the horse has escaped — it does nothing to protect us from the drug right now, when it’s needed.

As long as Purdue pours OxyContin into the market, doctors continue to prescribe OxyContin at the present rate, and drug-store thieves and doctor-shopping crooks continue to divert OxyContin to the black market, the constant demand for OxyContin detox in Florida, or anywhere else, will continue to escalate.

The Novus Florida OxyContin detox offers more

In Florida, OxyContin detox programs can be “one-size-fits-all” approaches that do not take into account each patient’s specific health and treatment requirements.

This is not the case at Novus Medical Detox Center, where the OxyContin detox protocols offer a range of improvements over the others:

  • Complete privacy and full confidentiality
  • Individual private rooms
  • Experienced and caring treatment staff
  • Treatment medically supervised by experts
  • Personalized program for your metabolic requirements
  • Available one-on-one support counseling 24 hrs a day
  • No severe physical shock or upset to your system
  • Work or relax throughout your treatment
  • Delicious, nutritious food, and supplements, for optimum health
  • Leave withdrawn from the dependent substances, not taking any new drugs, and usually within one or two weeks.

In a quiet, secluded setting in Florida’s Pasco County, Novus Medical Detox Center offers one of the most effective OxyContin detox programs anywhere.

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