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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Drug Zubsolv for Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction is one of the most challenging forms of substance abuse to treat, even with the aid of a number of medications that have been shown to be useful. The drugs Subutex and Suboxone are given to most addicts suffering from acute withdrawals to opiates. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug, similar to Suboxone, to treat opioid addiction, the drug is Zubsolv which combines buprenorphine and naloxone, according to Reuters.

Made by the Swedish drug maker Orexo, Zubsolv dissolves under the tongue, and comes in a menthol flavor. “Zubsolv is indicated for use as maintenance treatment for people suffering from opioid dependence and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan to include counseling and psychosocial support,” the company said in a news release.

Compared with current opioid drug treatments, patients will need to take less of the new drug in order to achieve the same effect, the article notes. In May, the FDA asked for more information on an implant designed to treat opioid addiction before it approves the drug.

Zubsolv is expected to be available in the United States in September, the company said.

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