What will happen when OxyContin patent expires?

I hear Purdue Pharma's patent for their super-powerful painkiller, OxyContin, is going to expire in 2013. When exactly? And what will happen once generic Oxy is being made!? More access? More addiction?

asked 03 Jul '12, 18:53

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Prescription Drugs

Oxycontin, like all oxycodone-based medication, is available by prescription only.

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Opiates

The main ingredient in Oxycontin is oxycodone, a synthetic opioid used for the treatment of chronic pain.

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Painkillers

We often refer to powerful prescription pain relief medication as "painkillers".

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Oxycontin

Oxycontin is manufactured by Purdue Pharmaceuticals. The patents for the drug, however, begin to expire in 2013.


Get ready for cheaper Oxycontin! Doctors love the effectiveness of Oxy, and my guess is that once generic Oxy is available, patients will be more willing to pay for the cheaper prescription. More oxy abuse???!

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