Oxycodone is in a group of medicines known as “opioids analgesics”, which is classified as narcotic pain relievers. Oxycodone is prescribed to treat moderate pain to severe pain. Oxycodone works to decrease pain, by way of the central nervous system. Oxycodone is available in tablets labeled as controlled and immediate release. Oxycodone is available in 5mg to 80mg doses. The tablets are color-coded based on the amount of milligrams contained in them. They are round, have “CDN” imprinted on one side, while the dosage strength in milligrams is imprinted on the other side and is available also in the generic brand.
The side effects reported to have been caused by oxycodone is constipation, dizziness or light-headedness, drowsiness, dry-mouth, lethargy, nausea or vomiting and sweating. The effect of oxycodone has been linked to the effects similar to morphine. The abuse and dependency levels are the same. This drug is sold under many names such as: Supeudol, oxycontin, oxycocet and endocet and has been available on the market for over six years. These are sold along with acetaminophen, as a fast-acting pain reliever known as percodan or percocet.
Some years ago, a variation of oxycodone, which contained between 10 and 80mg tablets, had been sold under the brand name of oxycontin. It was made to be taken orally and was time released. Once someone became more addicted they came to the realization that if this tablet was chewed or crushed, injected or inhaled, the result was that of the effects of heroin.
The abuse of oxycodone has turned out to be a very big problem, especially with young males. A few years ago, in 2003, statistics show that 2.8 million prescriptions with oxycodone/oxycontin were dispensed by pharmacists. In that same year, hundreds of people who had died were found to have ingested oxycontin/oxycodone.
Because of the health risks associated with the use of oxycontin and by extension, oxycodone, a task force had to be formed, from which a number of recommendations were made. These include; tamper-resistant prescription sheets to educational campaigns targeted to the youth, which warned them of the risks associated with addiction of the drug.
In late 1990, forensic scientists and doctors reviewed files of people who had already died from drug overdose starting from the year1985. The results showed that there had been an increase in the deaths wherein oxycodone was detected in the deceased blood.
Reports have also found that the abuse of oxycodone is found throughout poor or rural neighborhoods as well as the more affluent ones.
A Lawsuit was filed by consumer groups as well as individuals against the makers of oxycontin. Their claims were that makers of the drug reaped unlawful profits totaling billions of dollars from the public, by way of patents and lawsuits which were fraudulent. This was done in order to stop them from acquiring a generic alternative to the drug. The suit was led by an advocacy group, based in Boston which called themselves “Prescription Access Litigation”. This was done on behalf of “The Connecticut Citizen Action Group and Health Care for All”.
The lawsuit was filed with the allegation that the company, Purdue, has been marketing, and also selling oxycontin illegally, since December of 1995. This is the date Purdue received approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Purdue misled its clients into thinking that the drug was a unique drug, known for its effectiveness when suing low doses. The suit also charges that Purdue possessed no evidence to support its claim when the company had filed for its patents, and in doing so, received an ill deserved exclusive right to the distribution and marketing of the drug. The lawsuit went on with the allegation that Purdue had gone to great lengths to keep and maintain their monopoly over oxycontin, by way of suing a company which manufactured generic alternatives to stop them from selling a cheaper version of the drug to the consumers.
Purdue had reported annual revenue of 1.8 billion dollars, and the sale of oxycontin accounts for over 70% of that revenue. The lawsuit also outlines allegations of violations of several laws, including Federal Anti-trust Laws. It is alleged that Purdue also used “fraudulent statements” to glean profits from their consumers. It is alleged that the company left a trail of lies, misrepresentations, false litigation, “fraudulent” statements and pure deceit in order to retain their market share of oxycontin.
The group alleges that because of the actions perpetrated by Purdue and the lack of competition, the consumers of the drug have had to pay the price, a very high price for obtaining oxycontin at their market price instead of paying far less for a generic brand.
The lawsuit is filed to get the courts to rule that the patents filed by Purdue will be made invalid, as well as to take decisive action in ensuring that future and present companies which manufacture and sell drugs will not indulge in the abuse of their patents, whether now or in the future. The consumers are also asking that Purdue will be made, by force to reimburse consumers for monies spent on oxycontin, and to give up the profits which they are currently making.
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"Hello to everyone, my name is Robyn and I am a graduate of this rehab program. I am writing this success story because I will be forever grateful to the staff that helped save my life. A lady referred me to this program when I was in desperate need of help. I had called a different rehabilitation center in Winnipeg. It was also a three months program minimum. They told me I would have to wait 3-8 weeks on the waiting list and they would call when there was room for me. I was devastated, I couldn’t wait, I needed it now! I had just overdosed and tried to end my life. The drugs had taken over my entire being and I felt completely numb of any feelings or emotions. I no longer wanted to live. I had resorted to drug use because I was involved in a very mentally, emotionally and physically abusive relationship. The only way I knew how to deal with the pain and suffering was to numb my body completely.
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