FDA Blocks Generic OxyContin
Move prevents crushable form returning to market
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2013 4:01 AM CDT
OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.    (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – In a big victory for campaigners against prescription drug abuse—as well as for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma—the FDA has blocked generic drugmakers from making their own versions of the powerful painkiller. The ruling came on the day that Purdue's patent on the old, crushable, and widely abused version of the drug was set to expire, Courier-Journal reports.

"To have allowed generic, crushable OxyContin on the market would have been a serious step backwards in our efforts against opiate painkiller abuse," said the attorney general of Kentucky, where prescription drug abuse kills almost a thousand people per year. Purdue introduced a new crush-resistant version of the drug, which delivers a time-released dose of the narcotic oxycodene in 2010, the New York Times reports. The patent on that version won't expire until 2025.

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KennyLLC
Jun 12, 2013 5:28 PM CDT
10 MG Oxycontin was made for rich abusers who want the constant time release version of oxycodone like Rush Limbaugh. Generic 5MG Oxycodone, however, WORKS for people in pain who actually need it at the right moment, and I take mine at night during therapeutic exercises. Now, seriously injured people like myself with pain from soft-body tissue damage and from brutal home therapy exercises are sh!t outa luck for a quick-release pain killing opioid, because Purdue pulled strings and paid some FDA official for a supposedly uncrushable "time-release" pill ? Give me a break ! They think we are stupid, once again. Pill freaks are going to find a way to crush this new Oxycontin and snort it no matter what they claim to have developed. This was just another way to screw generics, injured people, insurance, and the American public at large.
right2dave
Apr 18, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
Believe it or not there are a lot of pople who need these meds. Med companies hate generics. Kills thier profits.
MANDINGO_DYNOMIGHT
Apr 18, 2013 5:51 AM CDT
I can just envision the fat, white FDA regulators nodding soberly with their outstretched palms behind their backs-waiting for their little reward from Purdue.