The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced this new focus on encouraging drug manufacturers to develop medications that are more difficult to abuse. This is a new angle of attack, but hopefully it’s one that will help. At Deterra we’re happy to see any step that might potentially solve the problem of prescription drug abuse.
FDA chief Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. said that this latest initiative aims to help both drug companies and consumers to make drugs safer. “The science of abuse-deterrent medication is rapidly evolving, and the FDA is eager to engage with manufacturers to help make these medications available to patients who need them… We feel this is a key part of combating opioid abuse. We have to work hard with industry to support the development of new formulations that are difficult to abuse but are effective and available when needed,” Hamburg said.