Monday, June 29, 2009

Could drug delivery methods prevent prescription abuse?

In an article at PharmTech, they look at how changing drug delivery methods could prevent prescription drug abuse. While changing the drug delivery method could stop abusers from taking the prescriptions, it would allow the doses to be available to those who still needed the drug therapies.

Erik Greb looks at how one company appears to be on the right track for this: Atlantic Pharmaceuticals (Atlanta, GA) wants to use its Smart/Script oral delivery technology to deter oxycodone abuse. Loading a drug into the Smart/Script technology renders it noncrushable and nonextractable in common injectable solutions, according to the company’s website. Smart/Script protects the drug until it reaches the gastrointestinal system, where it is released.

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