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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:51 pm 
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Noticed this story: http://www.ideastream.org/news/npr/486419277

Funny how the film was promoted as a huge advantage of pills because of reduced diversion potential, and now we've come full circle...

I'm waiting to see if the fear of diversion results in adoption of Probuphine, at a cost of 5 grand per dose. Probuphine is an implant that lasts 6 months-- a length of action that will appeal to patients, but will turn off prescribers. Indivior, the manufacturer of Suboxone Film (a spin-off company from Reckitt-Benckiser), will soon come out with a month-long injection. I expect that to be the market-leader 5 years from now, depending on how the drug is sold. Probuphine requires doctors to purchase the drug in advance and get reimbursed later, a set-up that isn't appealing to small practices.

Just rambling tonight....


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:40 pm 
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Wow. The whole strip thing was complete bs. Suboxone company ran out of a patent and convinced doctors strips were safer (but really they just wanted to make sure they didn't have any competition) thankfully they still have the pills, because I'm allergic to the films. This would be a good idea tho. ITd be nice to not have to worry about taking subs everyday.


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What would be nice is to have my doctor prescribe only buprenorphine minus the naloxone but they won't do that thinking I'll shoot it up. Funny, I never was a main liner so why would I inject Suboxone? A pill or film under my tongue works quite well. All I want is the generic version of Subutex but that's like asking for heroin. A big NO.

Thank You, I now feel better.

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