New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?
The FDA approved Targiniq ER on Wednesday, a painkiller designed to keep users from abusing it. Like any new medication, however, it has doubters.By Cliff Judy | July 24, 2014
A painkiller combined with a drug that stops the painkilling. In a what-will-they-come-up-with-next industry like "Big Pharma," skepticism was sure to follow the Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new pill.
On Wednesday, the FDA approved Targiniq ER, a combination of the painkiller oxycodone and naloxone. (Via Minnesota Department of Human Services)
Naloxone blocks the euphoric effects of painkillers. It gained significant publicity earlier this year when the NYPD announced officers would carry it in case they encountered someone overdosing on heroin. (Via Getty Images)