- Chronic pain affects an estimated 86 million American adults to some degree.
- Common prescriptions to manage pain have addictive tendencies leading to abuse if not engineered effectively
Oxycontin has proven to be an effective pain management medicine, but it is also addictive. Early forms could be crushed causing a 12-hour dose to be rapidly absorbed. The FDA requires all new versions of the drug to be made tamper resistant. The Sustained Release adaptation will provide longer term pain management in a dose reducing the need to dispense multiple doses at a time.
The Sustained Release encapsulation of oxycodone in polymers will make it even harder to crush and inhale or inject the medicine.