In the spring of 2010, the FDA approved the reformulation of OxyContin, opening the doors for Purdue Pharma to begin distributing the new product with the hope that it would be more difficult for abusers to compromise and receive the “high” they crave. I discussed this issue several months ago and expressed hope that this reformulation would prove successful.
In mid-August 2010, the first of the reformulated OxyContin began to make its way into retail pharmacies across the United States. By the end of the year, most if not all pharmacies were no longer dispensing the old OxyContin. Very little cosmetic change can be noticed in the reformulated drug, except that the indicia “OC” is changed to “OP” and the 80-mg pill is slightly larger. [Read more…]