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Makers of Oxy contribute to prescription monitoring programs

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on October 22, 2010

Purdue Pharma, makers of OxyContin, contributed $200,000 towards the support and implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs earlier this week, according to this article from News-Medical.net. The monies were contributed to the non-profit National Association of State Controlled Substances Authorities and will go toward grants which assist states to maintain prescription monitoring programs, the Association’s main focus. In the article, a Purdue representative states that the pharmaceutical company has been supporting appropriately-designed monitoring programs to help reduce the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. According to the article, the Association will manage the funding of grants and Purdue will have no input in the final selection process. Though OxyContin abuse has skyrocketed in the U.S. and abroad, Purdue Pharma makes a reported $3 billion per year on the opiate painkiller.

Read more about prescription monitoring programs here.

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One Response to “Makers of Oxy contribute to prescription monitoring programs”

  1. Melissa said

    OxyContin should be taken off the market. I have known people over the past decade acuiring the pills for recreational use. They enjoy the High it produces. After long-term use, coming off the Drug is very difficult and often those people need to go into a Methadone clinic for futher treatment. Another example of medication that was benifical but taken off the market because of abuse is Quaalude. I think OxyContin should go up for review, and acknowledge it is abused more often than it’s originally prescribed reason, for serious pain. Please don’t let mega profits outweigh the harm it does to both childern and adults.

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