Oxycontin Patent Expiring in Canada. Now What?

In Canada, just like the United States, there is an addiction epidemic currently being fought by communities and the government. Lawsuits against drug makers are also underway. Purdue Pharma, the original manufacturer of Oxycontin, is largely blamed for the opioid epidemic. Their patent in Canada is expiring, leaving the market open to cheaper, generic versions of the drug. Why Allow More Opioids on the Market? Many people argue that there should be no more Oxycontin on the market period. The drug has caused devastation across North America. Purdue Pharma certainly pushed the drug deceptively. An opioid maker without such a checkered past would be a welcome relief to sales representatives and hospitals. But a generic version would also create more opportunities for misuse and abuse. Can a regulatory body police the actions of addictive drugs effectively? There are a lot of misgivings about the benefits of offering a generic version of Oxy. The truth of the matter is that there are thousands of people in hospital rooms that need…

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Canada Takes Desperate Action Against OxyContin Addiction

The government of Canada is taking strong measures to stem the tide of OxyContin abuse. At the end of this month, the pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin will no longer be allowed to manufacture and market the drug in Canada. Under government pressure, Purdue Pharma Canada is replacing OxyContin with a new formulation called OxyNEO. According to Purdue, the design of OxyNEO will make it more difficult to abuse. OxyContin is a time-released version of oxycodone, a highly addictive opioid painkiller. It has been described by drug experts as being twice as strong as morphine. When the time-released pills are crushed and injected or inhaled or chewed, OxyContin produces a high that has been compared to heroin. While OxyNEO will still contain oxycodone, Purdue claims that it will be harder to crush and will form a thick get that resists injection when added to liquid. Entire Communities Impacted The media in Canada has recently focused on the plight of First Nations native people living on impoverished reserves in the…

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