A new implantable drug could ease opioid addiction


Source: AP


A new medication, the first of its kind, has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers.

As an implantable version of a drug designed to ease withdrawal symptoms, the FDA-approved Probuphine is a new hope for those caught in the fight of their lives in the epidemic that is sweeping America.

How it works: four match-stick size rods are implanted under the upper arm and designed to release a steady state of buprenorphine over a period of six months. With the freedom from having to worry about getting medicine every day, it offered the patient peace of mind.

The implant is the latest weapon in the war against the drug overdose epidemic in the United States. The FDA approved the implant for patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program.

Source: NBC News


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