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National Pain Report — 17 April 2013

downloadBy Pat Anson, Editor

An FDA decision to block a generic version of OxyContin from coming on the market is a “clear mandate” that other opioid painkillers will have to be made tamper resistant, according to the head of the German pharmaceutical company that developed the technology that makes it harder for pills to be crushed and abused.

“My personal view is this is a precedent on how the FDA will move on other (drug) molecules,” Harald Stock, CEO of Grunenthal Group, told the National Pain Report. Grunenthal licensed its abuse-deterrent technology to Purdue Pharma, which began using it in OxyContin in 2010.

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved new labeling for OxyContin stating that the reformulated version of the painkiller is harder to crush or dissolve and reduces chances of abuse. It’s the first time the FDA has recognized the effectiveness of a tamper-resistant product.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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