Implantable Medicine Could Be The Future Of Fighting Opioid Addiction
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Probuphine, a treatment implanted in the arm to curb cravings for opioids.By Grant Suneson | May 26, 2016
Prescription painkiller abuse is one of the biggest health problems in America, but a solution could be on the way.
On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration approved Probuphine, an implantable version of an existing drug. Doctors would place four small implants into a patient's arm to help reduce opioid cravings for six months.
And that implant bit is what really sets Probuphine apart. That means you can't sell it on the street or forget to take it, and children can't get their hands on it, all of which can be big problems with other drugs.