This drug could make a huge dent in heroin addiction. So why isna t it used more?
There are 2 comments on the The Washington Post story from Nov 23, 2013, titled This drug could make a huge dent in heroin addiction. So why isna t it used more?. In it, The Washington Post reports that:
Addiction treatment with a dark side ," on buprenorphine misuse. The piece is vividly written.
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Since: Aug 11
#1 Nov 24, 2013
I'll simply repeat what the article said, it costs more that Methadone. It's pretty clear what's happened with this drug...They really wanted to try to replace Methadone with something that they were going to get a 'piece of the action' with. So the US government teams up with Reckitt Benckiser the drugs patient holder and decide to not only market it here, but allow doctors, with virtually no opiate prescribing training at all, save a few hours on-line, give it out, to any that show up...and bonus of bonus' the big insurance companies agree to pay for it, with no exclusions or anything, as if it were just any ole drug. When at the same time denying claims by legitimate insured people to cover Methadone. Even after the Parity Act was passed. BUT the two things they never expected were that this drug does nothing for people that have real addictions..long time users, even high dose pain medicine addicts, the doses are very low. Most people that have opiate addictions are on much higher maintenance doses than 40-60 milligrams, this drug can not be used on them unless they detox and lower their doses first, who is going to do that, no one that's who. Failure two was that misuse of the drug was horrendous, something that they finally admitted...BUT only when the patient was about to expire...then and only then did they decide,'hey we better change the composition of this drug to stop abuse'...when really all they were concerned with was loosing the patient.
This is how the US helps its addicts. It's about the money...always the Damn money. While families are ruined and people die, it's ok they're just addicts. So now they are going to force the public to pay for what insurance companies should have, by law, been covering since 2010, that's what the "New" addiction treatment is...except instead of making insurance companies honor the claims...now they will make everyone else pay for it by higher prices and calling it a different name.
Since: Jan 13
#3 Dec 31, 2013
It is always about money. Same in the U.K.
Whatever medicines are prescribed are what are a) cheapest and b) supplied by whichever pharma company are in current favour with the doctors.
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