Archive for October, 2008

FDA Says Nyet to Abbott’s Controlled-Release Hydrocodone

October 27, 2008
The FDA refused to approve an extended-release form of the painkiller Vicodin last week.

The FDA refused to approve an extended-release form of the painkiller Vicodin last week.

Abbott has been trying to slide a new “controlled-release” formulation of its hydrocodone-with-acetaminophen cocktail, popularly known as Vicodin, through the FDA approval process; and last week the company confirmed receiving a Complete Response Letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its New Drug Application (NDA).

As potentially the first extended release medication in the class, Abbott’s primary reason for the move is obvious… to reap huge profits on a new formulation, enjoying that sweet honeymoon-period before the generics hit the market.

The currently available short-acting hydrocodone and acetaminophen combo (HC/APAP – brand name Vicodin) has been available in generic form from several pharmaceutical companies for years, leaving the margin for profits painfully slim.

So far, the FDA isn’t biting.

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Painkiller Epidemic Update: Ohio Has Twice As Many Pharmacy Robberies As Bank Robberies

October 27, 2008
There have been almost twice as many pharmacy robberies this year in Columbus as bank robberies.

The prescription painkiller OxyContin is the primary target in most pharmacy robberies.

As of last week Columbus, Ohio has racked up a record-smashing 56 pharmacy robberies this year, compared to “only” 29 bank robberies. So what’s going on here? Are prescription painkillers becoming more valuable than money itself? Short answer: Yes.

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Painkiller Epidemic Update: Troops in Iraq Popping More Painkillers

October 21, 2008
10% of Army soldires have abuse painkillers in the last 12 months.

10% of Army soldiers have abused painkillers in the last 12 months.

Narcotic painkillers, according to an article in USA Today, are the most abused drugs in the military. The article states that scripts for painkillers, written for injured U.S. troops have jumped from 30,000 a month to 50,000 since the Iraq war began.

“Narcotic painkillers [are] the most abused drug in the military.” -2005 Army Survey

In a 2005 Survey of Army soldiers, “4% admitted abusing prescription narcotics in the previous 30 days,” while “10% admitted abusing prescription narcotics in the last 12 months”.

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Media Alert: Peacock to Feature Buffalo Veterans’ Treatment Court on Today Show

October 21, 2008
Tomorrow morning NBC’s Today will profile The Buffalo, NY Veterans Treatment Court.

Tomorrow morning NBC’s Today will profile The Buffalo, NY Veterans' Treatment Court.

NBC’s Wednesday, October 22nd edition of the Today show (8:30am EST) will profile The Buffalo, NY Veterans’ Treatment Court.

Those of you interested in the subject of recovery, especially the treatment court aspect, should tune in.

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National Enquirer: Sarah Palin’s Son Addicted to OxyContin

October 7, 2008
What Sarah Really Hiding?

What's Sarah Really Hiding?

The National Enquirer, in a new “exclusive” (yeah… I know), is reporting that Sarah Palin’s oldest son, Track, was addicted to OxyContin (oxycodone) for the past two years. The report goes on to claim that Track abused the painkiller by snorting it, smoking it and even injecting it.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years… I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.” –Anonymous Source

The Enquirer article also contains details about Track’s use of other drugs, including the alleged use of cocaine.

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The National Enquirer: Palin Family Shockers, What Sarah’s Really Hiding!

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