Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin®, have begun to distribute a new formulation of their drug as of mid August 2010. The drug itself remains intact and has not changed, however two distinct changes have been made:
1. The new indicia for all of the strengths of OxyContin® now have the letters “OP” instead of the previous version which had “OC”. The other side of the tablet will remain the same with the milligram strength listed. The colors of the pills will also remain the same, but the 80mg. tablets are slightly larger.
2. All strengths of the pills have been manufactured in a way to make it harder to break down the OxyContin® for injection, snorting, or chewing.
The photos shown in the downloadable document show the different strengths in actual size, along with their corresponding wholesale bottles. Since this has just been introduced into the market, there is no way currently to tell whether the new formulation will be successful or not, but the vast majority, if not all, of the old formulation OxyContin® should be gone by the end of 2010, or earlier.
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