With multiple pharmaceutical manufacturers now entering the market with abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) of opiate pain relievers, insurance carriers are getting up in arms at the costs of these drugs. This additional cost aims to make it much harder (or virtually impossible) to break down a drug for injection or snorting, two of the main methods used by addicts.
I have talked about these types of drugs in prior articles. In August 2010, OxyContin was the first one that came to market; its considerable abuse background makes it an ideal prescription drug to evaluate for success or failure. August 2015 will mark 5 years since the launch of the reformulated OxyContin, and the abuse level continues to be far less than before the crucial formula change. Someone mentioned to me the other day about hearing that some folks on the street had found a way to easily and quickly compromise the new drug and turn it into the OxyContin of old. I hear this from time to time or even see it claimed on some blog or in a comment by an anonymous source. [Read more…]