What's the point if a tamper resistant formulation for abuse,at the expense of a significant reduction in the efficacy of pain relief along with increased cost. What's wrong with this picture? I mean why doesn't the FDA keep the same pain relief on one hand (i.e. while still making sure it works the way it was meant to work,while still approving a formulation that prevents crushing i.e. leading to overdose for individuals whom are only getting high. Sounds to me that by releasing a pain med that is only effective at preventing misuse only at the all around expense of patients needing adequate relief,is misdirected and unfair for those of us that aren't drug seeking fools, ruin it for the rest of us who have an legitimate use needlessly have to suffer? Somebody is making billions of dollars while making sure they can still once again market the product at a higher price with less effectiveness. My question here really comes down to, what is the real objective vs. what is their marketing objective? HUM???
The point to it is its stopped stupid people from crushing it and overdosing. It seems they are more important than all the good people who have pain in this country. The manufacturers were forced to do this, I don't see how it would be a marketing ploy, since allot of people are switching to something that works.
No kidding! The same thing happened to Oxycontin! It used to be a very effective pain medication and once they changed it to a tamper resistant formula, it is less than half as effective as before! I'm all for tamper resistant products because I do not alter my tablets or abuse my meds, but not if they dont work as good as the original. Their clinical trials say they offer the same pain relief but I and millions of other who have been on both before and after say different! Chaps one's behind doesnt it?
Simple answer, MONEY. Endo was about to meet its agreement with several generic manufacturers to put out a generic for the original formulation so endo pulls up a reformulated version of the drug, then goes to court to stop all generic formulations from being put into the market. The reformulated version has a new NDC so it's listed as a completely new drug of in the name of "harm reduction" tries to stop the generics and if they win then generic manufacturers would have to wait the full length of years before a generic could be made for that reformulated version so endo would have a decade of exclusive rights to that drug and opana er was it's highest selling drug by far. thankfully the FDA saw through this nonsense and said that the reformulated version could be abused just as easily as the old so they approved the generic although i'm amazed how few people even today know about the generics available to them. It's all about money.
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