Monday, April 2, 2012

Opana - new formulation - Pain and other drugs

Opana ER, manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals, changed in March of 2012.

Endo was allowed by the FDA to change the formulation of Opana ER.

According to Endo, ""FDA's approval of this new formulation of Opana ER is an important milestone for both the Long Acting Opioid category as well as Endo's branded pharmaceutical portfolio," said Dr. Ivan Gergel, M.D., executive vice president, R&D and chief scientific officer, Endo Pharmaceuticals. "Patient safety is our top concern and addressing appropriate use of opioids is a responsibility that we take very seriously.  We firmly believe this new formulation of Opana ER, coupled with our long-term commitment to awareness and education around appropriate use of opioids will benefit patients, physicians and payers." 

Also according to Endo, "The new formulation, which utilizes the proprietary INTAC™ technology owned by Grunenthal, will continue to be called Opana ER with the same dosage strengths, color and packaging and similar tablet size and shape. Also, the FDA approval means that there is no significant difference in the rate and extent of absorption of the therapeutic ingredient between this new formulation and the original formulation of Opana ER."

Just when we get our bodies used to one set of medications, something else changes!


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