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November 30, 2017 08:13 PM

US Approves Monthly Injection For Opioid Addiction

WASHINGTON (AP)

U.S. health officials have approved the first injectable form of the leading medication to treat patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids.

The monthly injection has the potential to reduce dangerous relapses that occur when patients stop taking their daily medication. But that benefit has not yet been established.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the injectable drug from Indivior for adults with opioid use disorder who are already on stable doses of the addiction medication.

Indivior already sells the drug in medicated strips that dissolve under the tongue. Patients take the medication daily to control opioid withdrawal symptoms.

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