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FDA Approves New Big Pharma Pill Solution for Prescription Drug Addiction

Elizabeth Renter
July 8th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 7:57 pm
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pill isolated 263x164 FDA Approves New Big Pharma Pill Solution for Prescription Drug AddictionIt sounds almost too devilish to be true, until you consider the source. Only large pharmaceutical companies with no interest other than fattening their pockets would propose treating prescription drug addiction with another prescription drug. And now Swedish drugmaker Orexo AB has the green light from the FDA to begin selling their Big Pharma pill solution in the U.S. to combat opioid addition.

New Orexo Drug Approved for Opioid Addiction

According to Reuters, the drug Zubsolv is designed to treat addiction to prescription opioids like codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and methadone (which is ironically the prescription solution for heroin addiction). Together, these drugs are responsible for about 75 percent of prescription drug overdoses each year. They are all highly addictive, and they were all created, marketed and “sold” to the American people by Big Pharma.

Zubsolv combines two drugs, buprenorphine and naloxone. It dissolves under the tongue and has a delightful menthol flavor, But it isn’t the first drug of its kind—Subutex and Suboxone are also designed to treat such addictions.

Orexo says their drug is needed because opioid addiction affects around 5 million people in the U.S. Also, they say, only about 20 percent of those addicts receive treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 100 people die every day in the U.S. from drug overdose, with prescription painkiller use being a serious offender. They are hoping for upwards of $500 million in sales.

Prescription drug addiction is serious. These drugs are designed to lessen pain, but are often prescribed with little regard to the risks they pose. A car accident, with injuries that may be treated with far less addictive (and even natural) treatments can easily result in an opioid addiction when your doctor freely doles out oxycodone prescriptions, for instance.

The prescription addiction epidemic has led to the creation of mass prescription databases, where your pharmaceutical habits are tracked by doctors and pharmacists alike in many states. The legal crack-down has made it difficult for many to obtain the drugs they are addicted to. In an effort to lessen the wave of prescription opiate addiction, the legal system has pushed many already-addicted people to a cheaper, easier to score opiate high—heroin.

Make no mistake, this drug problem is one created and sustained by Big Pharma. So, it only makes sense—in a world where health is seen as something you get from a pill—that you should treat addiction to pharmaceuticals with pharmaceuticals.

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  • chuck

    so I wonder why the administrator keeps deleting my attempts to post, which are not offensive to anyone…

  • Ja88

    So trading one addiction for another, yes it's sad. The alternative option is to do a really good cleanse for those wondering.

  • Lance LeClaire

    This is the stupidest, most irresponsible article I have seen yet from you natural remedy wackos. As someone who has struggled for over ten years to overcome methadone (after less than half a year of heroin addiction), any medication approved with LESS addictive properties is a godsend. If it can actually treat opioid use without it’s own withdrawal symptoms, it will be one of the most valuable inventions of the decade.

    The medical industry has been struggling to overcome the problem of treating physical addiction (which is entirely different from psychological dependence) since the 18th century, and because of the nature and mechanism of opioids, it is EXTREMELY difficult. People who blab on about ‘treatments being as bad as the disease’ or ‘big pharma getting people addicted to sell the cure’ reveal their ignorance of the chemistry of opioids, AND of the history of trying to use them effectively as well as safely. Big pharma did NOT invent addiction, pain killers are NOT sold to get people hooked (regardless of individuals who may try to do just that), and if this new medication is effective that is reason to celebrate, not go on a ‘demonize the evil corporations that won’t let me sell my quack remedies’ rant.

  • Sloper

    Many, if not most, people take prescription drugs to kill pain and alleviate depression. If only there were natural methods to achieve this that were effective that would be fabulous, but there really aren't. If you break a leg, there is no natural painkiller that will really handle the pain for a couple of weeks. If you are depressed and have tried the diet change and the exercise and maybe some therapy and you are still depressed, herbs won't change that.

    So what does one do?

    • Jay88

      Do a really good liver cleanse and colon cleanse.