October 30, 2014

3:09 AM | Crazy Week for Suboxone
Originally Posted 3/3/2013 What a crazy week for buprenorphine.  I’ve written about the FDA slapping the face of Reckitt Benckiser by denying their Citizens’ Petition.  Adding insult to injury, the FDA then approved two generic formulations of Suboxone tabs (actually, the correct name is buprenorphine/naloxone combination tabs).  Stock in RB dropped about 5%, but shares regained most of […]
2:53 AM | Reckitt Benckiser Citizen Petition for Suboxone: DENIED
Posted 2/23/2013 For those who missed my explanation, I’m adding these old posts to reconstruct the archive.  The site’s database was damaged by something, somehow… New posts coming soon. Find a copy of the response here, or at this

October 26, 2014

10:52 PM | Suboxone Maker’s Petition Denied by FDA
Originally Posted 2/23/2013 I’ve written in detail about the bold move by Reckitt-Benckiser, maker of Suboxone, that few people outside the company saw coming.  In brief, the company has been cruising across the Atlantic for the past ten years, fueled by stellar growth of its flagship medication, even as the expiration of the patent on Suboxone loomed ahead […]

October 24, 2014

10:30 PM | Wasting Resources on Suboxone
Originally posted 1/26/2013 Readers of this blog know that I have often questioned whether there is any clinical difference between Suboxone and generic buprenorphine.  Naloxone is an opioid-blocking chemical added to buprenorphine, supposedly in order to reduce intravenous diversion of the medication.  The combination of buprenorphine plus naloxone is branded as Suboxone. I’ve pointed out over […]

October 18, 2014

7:21 PM | Marijuana Laws: Progressive Change or Society’s Downfall?
Originally posted 12/8/2012 I’ve been hearing more calls these days to change US marijuana laws (note- Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of marijuana shortly after this article was originally posted).  Legalizing marijuana has been a cause for some citizens for decades, and efforts to change marijuana laws have waxed and waned since I was a […]

October 14, 2014

12:22 AM | The End of Narcotic Pain Medication?
First posted 11/15/2012 The LA Times ran a very interesting story a few days ago about deaths from overdose of narcotic pain medications.  I strongly encourage readers of this blog to read the story, which discusses the issue from the perspectives of doctors, patients, and family members. The story reports that a small number of Southern-California doctors […]

October 06, 2014

7:49 PM | Reckitt Benckiser is Smarter than I Thought
Originally published 10/14/2012 Regarding a prior post, I carefully read through the entire Citizens Petition’ filed with the FDA by Reckitt-Benckiser.  I have a better understanding of what, exactly, was accomplished by that action by the manufacturer of Suboxone. The document explains that the company hired an independent group, RADARS (Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance), […]
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