Reformulated OxyContin Reduces Oral, Nonoral Abuse Among Potential Opioid Abusers

Abuse of oxycodone HCl controlled release (OxyContin) declined by 49% among individuals being assessed for substance abuse problems in the first 11 months after introduction of reformulated tablets (ORF), a study presented during the American Pain Society’s 31st Annual Scientific Meeting has shown.

“While the prevalence of abuse of reformulated oxycodone HCl controlled release appears to have stabilized, longer term follow-up is needed to assess whether the reduction in abuse is sustained over an extended period of time,” they concluded.

Source:  Monthly Prescribing Reference – May 17, 2012