Vigilance still needed on oxycodone

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Evidence from the US, where the ‘abuse-deterrent’ reformulation was introduced in August 2010, showed oxycodone abusers were deterred by the new tablets. 1

However, some abusers in the US appear to have switched to other prescription opioids such as high-potency fentanyl and buprenorphine. 1,2 Others have found ways around the tamper-proofing and are still abusing the reformulation. 1

Doctors need to be alert for patients on the reformulated tablets who ask to switch to a different opioid as they may be abusing opioids

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