5/6/2008

FDA advisers have called for more tests to confirm the purportedly abuse-resistant features of a new formulation of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma LP's pain drug. Most of the panel members said that including data about the drug's tamper-resistant qualities on the label may lead to more overdoses and deaths. An official with the company, however, said studies found the new version of the drug "substantially more difficult" to alter because it cannot be easily dissolved or pulverized.

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