Drug, hard to abuse, approved

November 21, 2014 9:14 AM

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Drug, hard to abuse, approved

The Food and Drug Administration approved Purdue Pharma's Hysingla ER, for patients with severe, round-the-clock pain that cannot be managed with other treatments. The once-a-day tablet is designed to thwart abuse via chewing, crushing, snorting, or injecting. The tablet is difficult to crush, break or dissolve, and forms a thick gel when tampered with that discourages injecting.

Hysingla is only the fourth drug ever approved by the agency with claims that it discourages abuse and tampering. Purdue markets two of the other drugs, including a crush-resistant version of its oxycodone pill, OxyContin, and a combination pill, Targinigiq, which includes an extra ingredient design...

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