Content about Opioid dependence

September 16, 2013

A drug for treating opioid dependence has been launched, the manufacturer said Monday.

NEW YORK — A drug for treating opioid dependence has been launched, the manufacturer said Monday.

Orexo announced the introduction of Zubsolv (buprenorphine; naloxone) sublingual tablets for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. The drug is designed for use as part of a broader treatment regimen that combines drug therapy and counseling.

July 9, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating opioid dependence.

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating opioid dependence.

Orexo U.S. announced the approval of Zubsolv (buprenorphine; naloxone) sublingual tablets. The drug, Schedule III controlled substance, is approved for use once per day in the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Opioid dependence affects nearly 5 million people in the United States, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, but about 60% of those affected don't receive treatment.

June 11, 2013

Misperceptions and stereotypes about opioid dependence that may affect how it's treated have persisted among the general public and physicians despite increased attention devoted to the issue, according to a new survey.

RICHMOND, Va. — Misperceptions and stereotypes about opioid dependence that may affect how it's treated have persisted among the general public and physicians, despite increased attention devoted to the issue, according to a new survey.

March 26, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for opioid dependence made by Actavis, the company said.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for opioid dependence made by Actavis, the company said.

Actavis announced the approval of buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride dehydrate sub-lingual tablets in the 2 mg/0.5 mg and 8 mg/2 mg strengths.

The drug is a generic version of Reckitt Benckiser's Suboxone, which had sales of about $625 million in 2012, according to IMS Health.

 

March 5, 2013

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has started shipping a drug used to treat opioid dependence, the company said Tuesday.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals has started shipping a drug used to treat opioid dependence, the company said Tuesday.

The generic drug maker announced the shipment of buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride dihydrate sublingual tablets in the 2-mg/0.5-mg and 8-mg/2-mg strengths. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in February.

The drug includes a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy, or REMS, a program required by the FDA to ensure that its benefits outweigh its risks.

February 25, 2013

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug to treat opioid dependence.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug to treat opioid dependence.

Amneal announced Monday the approval of buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride sublingual tablets, a generic version of Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare's Suboxone.

Suboxone had sales of $1.5 billion in 2012, according to IMS Health.

 

August 21, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals for treating addiction to opioid drugs, the drug maker said.

RICHMOND, Va. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals for treating addiction to opioid drugs, the drug maker said.

Reckitt Benckiser announced the approval of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film in the 4 mg and 12 mg strengths, used for the maintenance treatment of dependence on prescription opioid painkillers and heroin. Addiction to opioid drugs is a growing epidemic in the United States, the company said.