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Abuse-Deterrent Formulations of Opioid Analgesics Face Uphill Battle

Development, Regulatory and Patient Access Challenges Persist

Executive Summary

Commitment by biopharma to the development of new abuse-deterrent formulations of opioid pain medications is hampered by unresolved issues of development complexity; cost and willingness of payers to reimburse; and regulatory requirements for extensive, industry-financed postmarketing studies. Less addictive alternatives to existing opioid drugs that effectively address the overdose challenge where it’s particularly lethal – through injecting and inhaling rather than oral formulation abuse – are unlikely to enter widespread use anytime soon.

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