FDA Approves First Implant to Treat Opioid Addiction

From Gizmodo:

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Probuphine, the first implantable drug for the treatment of opioid dependence. It’s a welcome development at a time when scores of Americans are addicted to painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Prior to today’s announcement, Probuphine was only approved as a pill or as a film placed in the mouth until it dissolves. This hi-tech implantable version, which consists of four, one-inch-long rods that are placed under the skin, provides ongoing treatment for six months. Unlike pills or films, these implants can’t get lost, forgotten, or stolen, so the drug can’t be abused or resold on the street. What’s more, patients who are in recovery won’t have to be reminded or even think about taking the medication; the implants do all the work.

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