New Patent By OxyContin Maker May Treat Pain But Comes With Addictive Potential

New Patent By OxyContin Maker May Treat Pain But Comes With Addictive Potential

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has received a patent designed to treat opioid addiction. The patent, first reported by The Financial Times, is for a new and faster-acting form of buprenorphine. Buprenorphine controls drug cravings and is often given as a substitute to people hooked on heroin or opioid painkillers such as OxyContin. Buprenorphine is currently prescribed in tablets or fast-dissolving strips. The patent is for a "wafer" of buprenorphine that would dissolve in just a few seconds. "While opioids have always been known to be useful in pain treatment, they also display an addictive potential," the patent states. "Thus, if...

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