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CLAAD Lauds Signature Therapeutics' R&D Efforts To Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse
Date:7/12/2013

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD) praised Signature Therapeutics, Inc. today for taking a national lead in biopharmaceutical research and development to reduce prescription drug abuse. Signature Therapeutics is a privately held company developing next-generation abuse-deterrent prescription medications. 

More than 2.7 percent of the U.S. population currently abuses prescription drugs.[1] In 2010, prescription drug overdoses took the lives of 22,134 Americans.[2] Since 2009, CLAAD has called for private-sector research into novel technologies to reduce prescription drug abuse. 

Michael Barnes, executive director of CLAAD, said, "Signature Therapeutics has distinguished itself in a growing market for safer medications by thinking big."

Signature Therapeutics is creating novel innovations, including "prodrugs," which would resist common methods of drug abuse, such as melting and injecting, crushing and snorting, or chewing before swallowing.  The company's pills are designed to be bioactivated, meaning that when taken by mouth, enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract trigger the release of the active ingredient.  Administered in any other way, a pill would not produce euphoria or any other significant effect.

Signature Therapeutics intends to apply its prodrug technology beyond opioids to other classes of commonly abused medications that lack safety features, such as stimulants used to treat attention-deficit disorder. Opioid pain relievers are the most commonly abused prescription drugs, but the abuse of tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives is also harmful and prevalent.[3]  In 2011, the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam was the most commonly found drug in overdose cases in Georgia, according to an analysis of autopsies.[4]  A study at the Universi
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