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New OxyContin® Has Lower Street Price Than Old Crushable Formulation
Date:11/15/2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The new harder to crush version of OxyContin® has a lower street price than the original, according to research revealed at a conference of law enforcement officers today. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that every day 100 people die from drug overdoses in the United States, 74% involving prescription opioid pain relievers. A new formulation of the opioid pain reliever OxyContin was launched in 2010, accompanied by hope that it would deter drug abuse, injection and overdose. A year later, researchers have shown that the new formulation sells for 28% less than the original OxyContin on the black market, using street price data from the RADARS® System StreetRx.com, an online crowdsourcing website recently featured in Fortune magazine. The price per milligram of the new difficult to crush OxyContin is $0.56, compared to $0.78 for the original during the first half of this year. Similar results were seen in a survey of law enforcement officers from the RADARS System Drug Diversion program.

The results were presented by Nabarun Dasgupta at the 22nd Annual Educational Training Conference of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), in Jacksonville, Florida. Establsihed in 1989, NADDI is a unique organization whose hundreds of members are responsible for investigating and prosecuting pharmaceutical drug diversion throughout the United States. The audience, made up mostly of law enforcement officials, reacted positively to the street price data on OxyContin and confirmed that the new formulation was not worth as much as the original. "As the pharmaceutical industry tries to engineer new drugs that are harder to crush, snort or inject, the unregulated free market of diverted prescription drugs can reveal how effective these efforts are," says Dasgupta. "In the end, these products will be judged by the human suffering they cause or pre
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