FDA approves new painkiller
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination pain pill from the maker of OxyContin that is designed to discourage abuse by painkiller addicts.
Purdue Pharma’s new drug Targiniq ER is an extended release tablet that combines oxycodone – the active ingredient in OxyContin – with the drug naloxone. FDA regulators approved the drug for daily, round-the-clock pain that does not respond to other medications.
If abusers crush the tablets, naloxone blocks the euphoric effects of oxycodone, making the drug more difficult to abuse. Naloxone is currently used to reverse the overdose effects of opioids, highly addictive painkilling drugs including morphine, methadone, codeine and others.