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Fuisz Pharma Announces Intent to Divest Strategic Patent for Detection of Opioid Abuse; Seeks Offers for Patent through May 2013
Date:4/22/2013

MIAMI, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fuisz Pharma today announced its intent to divest its strategic issued patent for the detection of opioid abuse (US 7,214,385 "Pharmaceutical Formulation Containing Dye").  This patent covers the use of dyes and staining agents in pharmaceutical dosage forms as a method to prevent the improper use of opioid drugs by visually demonstrating their misuse and abuse.  For example, where a patient abuses a drug like oxycodone through nasal snorting, this patented system leaves a stain in the nasal cavity that can be used by care givers, law enforcement, and family to determine that abuse is occurring. It does not leave a stain if taken properly by mouth.

Fuisz Pharma's Managing Member, Joseph Fuisz commented: "In the FDA's decision this month approving the withdrawal of the old Oxycontin® formulation for safety reasons thereby stopping generic companies from using that product as a reference drug, the FDA has given a strong economic incentive to innovators to deploy deterrent features to prevent abuse.  In reaching this conclusion, the FDA specifically cited intranasal abuse as well as evidence that the new Oxycontin® formulation reduced intranasal abuse."

Richard Fuisz , M.D., Founding Member, commented, "It is but a matter of time before there is an increasing recognition that abuse detection is an essential component of abuse deterrence. This is the bedrock patent of abuse recognition by the care giver, the emergency room personnel and law enforcement resulting in a powerful deterrent to abuse."

Mr. Joseph Fuisz continued: "The patented dye-stain system described in the '385 can be used independently as a feature, or stacked together with other deterrent features like crush resistance.  This ability to stack multiple features is par
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