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Company studying OxyContin's effect in children
July 3rd, 2012
04:22 PM ET

Company studying OxyContin's effect in children

The maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin confirms that a clinical trial is currently underway to measure the opioid's effects in children.

Although doctors can prescribe OxyContin off-label to pediatric patients, the drug - which was overwhelmingly tested in adults - is not approved for use in children by the Food and Drug Administration, and Purdue Pharma says it is not seeking that approval.

To qualify for the study, patients must be between the ages of 6 and 17, have moderate to severe pain, and have already demonstrated a tolerance to opioid painkillers. The study will include 154 children.

"These children have diseases such as cancer or sickle-cell anemia, post-operative pain, injuries such as severe burns causing this degree of pain," said Jim Heins, senior director for public affairs at Purdue Pharma.

"The studies are evaluating the safety of OxyContin tablets in these young patients and the way the drug is absorbed, broken down and eliminated to see if there are any significant differences from the way the drug is handled by adults."

About 50% of drugs prescribed to children have no pediatric information on their labels, according to the FDA.

"One of FDA's top priorities is giving pediatricians and parents the same level of tested and researched information on drugs used to treat children that is required for drugs used to treat adults," writes the FDA on its website. "This effort ensures children are not denied therapies because we do not know how to properly dose or use them."

As an incentive, the FDA could grant Purdue Pharma a 6-month patent extension on its original OxyContin formulation in exchange for conducting the pediatric study, which is set to expire in April 2013. The extension would come only after the FDA receives the completed pediatric study, regardless of the outcome.

"Whether the results are positive or negative, we [Purdue Pharma] feel it is beneficial for clinicians who are treating pediatric patients with chronic, moderate to severe pain to have access to this information in scientific publications and in the product’s label, so they can make better decisions about the care of their patients," said Heins.

The FDA has a long list of drugs approved for adults for which it is seeking pediatric studies. In 2010, Purdue Pharma updated its brand-name OxyContin with a new formulation intended to curb abuse, and that formulation has patent protections already in place until 2025.

In the past year doctors have written 5.6 million prescriptions for OxyContin, with only 17,000 of those prescriptions for patients under the age of 19.

Oxycodone, the main active ingredient in the brand-name drug OxyContin, also is not approved by the FDA for use in children.  It also is on the list of drugs for which the FDA is seeking pediatric studies.


soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. cwardy

    this enrages me...is it not the current mind set, that kids should not be exposed to drugs of any sort due to their DEVLOPING MIND!!!! WE ALREADY HAVE AN ALARMING TREND WITH THIS PARTICULAR MEDICATION AMONG YOUNG ADULTS!!! THIS MED OXYCONTIN, SHOULD BE BANNED DUE TO ITS PROFOUND EFFECT ON MOST ADULT BRAINS!! oh but then the pharmaceutical companies would loose their great prophets.. again money triumphs over safety...

    July 4, 2012 at 03:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cat

      They are using it for kids with severe burns and excruciatingly painful diseases line bone cancer. In those cases, you need hard core drugs to alleviate their suffering even if it means taking a risk. Otherwise the kid is basically being tortured, which is inhumane. Besides, they only give those drugs to kids when they have no other options and their hand is forced, so they'd give it whether it had been tested or not... so you might as well test it.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:26 | Report abuse |
    • onestarman

      SOMA – "Better a Gram than a Damn" I am sure that there are a few children whose parents are in desperate need of a Drug for the Relief of their children's Pain. That does not mean that Big Pharma is NOT Guilty of being the Biggest PUSHER of Narcotics since the US and British GUNBOATS Forced China to accept the Opium Trade brought by the Yankee Pirates. There are HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of Doses of Cheaply Manufactured Synthetic Narcotics KILLING Anna Nichole and Micheal Jackson and being sold for LUNCH MONEY by Our Own MIDDLE SCHOOLERS from their PARENTS Medicine Chest.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:11 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      "this enrages me".......Yeah it's getting harder and harder to tell fox from cnn.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:21 | Report abuse |
    • MassDoc

      Before getting enraged, it might have been best to read the whole article. These are kids with serious diseases such as cancer or burns that cause extreme pain. Oxycontin can be abused, but it also relieves suffering. Also pharma companies probably wish they had "prophets" – i.e., wise people who can see the future...

      July 4, 2012 at 11:25 | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Its very obvious you have never had to experience a child suffering with such condtions. I would be embarassed to post such things about a child suffering with chronic pain. Usually in most cases the child is near death.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Do you not consider that children get in painful situations also. Why should they have to rely on a diluted dose of an adult medication. Millions of Americans benefit from these drugs when taken as prescribed. It is only the deadbeats that get into trouble.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:56 | Report abuse |
    • bencoates57

      You're an idjut. OxyContin and all its variations are harmless. I have been taking it for years and it's a wonderful drug. It actually gives you capabilities as well as purges all background fatigue and soreness you didn't know you had. The only thing you have to worry about with these opiods is the acetaminophen content. Too much can damage your liver but you cna get 10mg oxycodone with only 325mg APAP so that's great. Let me give you a list of things worse for people (kids included) than OxyContin - alcoholic beverages, acetaminophen, and coca-cola.

      July 4, 2012 at 12:22 | Report abuse |
    • jimzcarz

      You have obviously never been in extreme pain...Day after Day, after Day,Moment after Moment,Day after Day, after Day,Day after Day,Moment after Moment, after Day,Day after Day, after Day,Day after Day, after Day,Moment after Moment,Day after Day, after Day,Day after Day, after Day,Day after Day, after Day,Day after Day, after Day..
      So go be holier than thou someplace else.

      July 4, 2012 at 12:22 | Report abuse |
    • nursechris

      And you'd recommend what? Having kids with bone cancer or sickle cell crisis suffer excruciating pain? They're on morphine & dilaudid while hospitalized and cannot be sent home with childrens' Tylenol with pain that severe but I don't imagine you have ever cared for these kids thus stick with what you know (whatever that is.)

      July 4, 2012 at 12:47 | Report abuse |
    • Lucas

      If the drug Oxycontin or Oxycodone were to be banned, I would not be able to work anymore to provide for my family as it is the only hope I have left outside of approval of Medical Marijuana in Texas. For those of you who don't suffer from chronic pain, the lack of understanding of the effects of not having the medication while calling loudly for it's banning makes it difficult to receive treatment to be able to work and provide for my family. I hide that I take medications from those that pass judgement without have experienced the pain of surgeries and the repercussions of back and leg injuries that involve external devices placed in the body that cause pain. Please, before you speak out against the horrific side effects, understand that the one chance that people like me have against chronic pain is these medications. Abusers will always be there, but those who suffer shouldn't have to because those who don't call for the banning of a medication that less than 1% of users abuse.

      July 4, 2012 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
    • Road Dawg

      "hat kids should not be exposed to drugs of any sort due to their DEVLOPING MIND!!!! " These kids are going to die, or are undergoing horrifying pain levels that have already traumatized them and blighted their futures. Let the doctors decide how to treat them.

      July 5, 2012 at 10:10 | Report abuse |
    • Sylar75

      I know right. Kids should be in pain. They get summers off already. Living without pain from severe burns is just not fair to adults. I'll end the sarcasm now. You are an idiot. They aren't recommending the use of pain killers for sprained ankles.

      July 6, 2012 at 10:05 | Report abuse |
    • Chewem

      I've worked for a major pharma company, I was a nurse for many years, and I'm a disabled veteran and I know that these companies are the largest drug dealers in the world and they get a pass while innocent people get locked up for getting addicted then put to work in modern day slavery in private owned prisions whose stock price rises and falls based on the number of inmates they house. Do your homework people as this is happening right under your noses. Stand up for REAL change!

      July 6, 2012 at 21:56 | Report abuse |
  2. cwardy

    correction profit...night shift...lol

    July 4, 2012 at 03:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Shannon

    Why do you always censor my comments cnn I wrote nothing which was off topic mop obscene. How tragic you choose to censor the opinions of people it's pathetic really.

    July 4, 2012 at 03:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • YV

      Dramatic much Shannon? There isn't anyone "censoring" people, good grief. CNN (and most other sites) utilize a computer program that filters out certain words and/or phrases, not a shifty-eyed human with a pencil tucked behind his ear, eager to keep your brilliant and shrewd commentary from the world. You might want to work on your grammar and spelling as well.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • Road Dawg

      It auto-blocks keywords. Look up CLBUTTIC and you will see how it works.

      July 5, 2012 at 10:11 | Report abuse |
    • Orange Mandarin

      CNN absolutely DOES censor comments and not just if you use a certain word. My experience has been that they will delete opinions that they disagree with regardless of what words are used. Until you've typed a well thought out response with no "flag" words whatsoever and then had it removed for no reason (other than censorship of dissenting thoughts) you may not believe this. It is, however, true in my experience.

      And it isnt that a "flag" word stopped my comment from being posted. MANY comments I've made have simply disappeared after having been visible and not in any way offensive. CNN should be ashamed but they have no shame.

      July 5, 2012 at 16:31 | Report abuse |
  4. Shannon

    Why not give kids marinol instead it's much safer and not addictive.

    July 4, 2012 at 03:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MassDoc

      Because marinol helps with nausea and has minimal effects on pain. These are kids with cancer, severe bone pain due to necrosis from sickle cell, etc. They really need help.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:51 | Report abuse |
    • nursechris

      Marinol is not a pain killer.

      July 4, 2012 at 12:48 | Report abuse |
  5. Shannon

    It is very helpful with HIV and cancer due to most other medications for there disease make people nauseous. Marinol will make people hungry and does not wreak havoc on the immune system.It has excellent pain relief also.

    July 4, 2012 at 03:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Shannon

    Their I mean yes i'm exhausted as well.I think they're playing a dangerous game giving children such intense opiates.It will only lead to nausea and opiate addiction.

    July 4, 2012 at 03:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • franco fowler

      when a child has a terminal illness and is in severe pain developing an opiate dependence should not be a concern

      July 4, 2012 at 15:40 | Report abuse |
    • Road Dawg

      Addiction doesn't matter when you are dying. Relief from pain matters.

      July 5, 2012 at 10:12 | Report abuse |
  7. BigDaddy

    I am chronic pain patient on large dose of Oxycontin and I am now a cyclic vomting mess because of it.Cannabis saved my very life.I lost 170lb vomiting from a prescribed drug.I have a Marinol script as well and it does NOT work as well as plain old cannabis..THC and CDB are in whole unprocessed cannabis and the 2 sinergistically work on my worst pain.However the stress of getting med quality cannabis in an unfriendly state..NY..is also killing me..Free the Weed for those in need!

    July 4, 2012 at 06:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Larry Bird

    Big pharm is creating an entire generation of heroin addicts, and getting incredibly wealthy while doing so.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MassDoc

      Big pharm doesn't make heroin, that's the dope dealers. Heroin is not an FDA approved drug.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:26 | Report abuse |
    • mlblogs2012

      Big pharma created heroin.. I think it was Bayer Co.. the makers of Heroin and asprin.

      July 4, 2012 at 22:39 | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Big pharma created heroin" They still don't SELL it. And this is about using the stuff on dying or terribly-hurt children, not handing it out on schoolyards. If you are going to be silly, just tell a joke.

      July 5, 2012 at 10:15 | Report abuse |
    • tacc2

      MassDoc: It's pretty much the same thing as heroin.

      July 5, 2012 at 10:32 | Report abuse |
    • Orange Mandarin

      Thats absurd. Its not at all the same thing as heroin. Claiming adderall is the same thing as crystal meth is a fail too. Why do those with the least base of knowledge always feel they know the most?

      Little dose of the truth for you: Heroin is a brand name to describe acetylated morphine. By acetylating the morphine you make it easier to cross the blood brain barrier which allows more morphine to make it to the brain that you could force in with plain morphine. Once in the brain it is not any different from morphine. MORPHINE IS WHAT THEY CURRENTLY GIVE KIDS. Whats the difference in an adult dose vs a kids dose? The amount of the substance. So, in reality, we are already giving kids the closet thing there is to heroin which, once in their cns, is the exact same thing as heroin.

      Oxycodone is derived from thebaine NOT morphine.

      They are similar in the same way that an F150 and a Saab are similar.

      July 5, 2012 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
  9. Jimh77

    The FDA is doing extensive testing on medications. Why are they not doing the same extensive testing on Monsanto and Bayer's GMO Foods? Both unsafe for human consumption, yet no testing has been done to any level on human subjects and is already banned in most other countries that care about their people because they are unsafe to eat. Not in America where we are the guinea pigs of test subjects. Stay away fro all GMO foods people!!

    July 4, 2012 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • hhn

      Our country is divided over whether the govt should be involved in regulation at all. We had major presidential candidates proposing to close down government agencies. Their argument is the market place will self regulate. This degree of aversion to regulation is a new development. Here is what I envision will happen when market forces direct regulation. Many people will die of a drug and then others will stop buying it and so the market will have to come up with better drugs. If you don't like this model and if you are a tea partier, you are your own problem.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:29 | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Not in America where we are the guinea pigs of test subjects. Stay away fro all GMO foods people!!" A lot of people would like to see Monsanto hurt, even if it means scaring people away from perfectly good foods. I'd like to see Monsanto broken up, too, but not enough to frame them for imaginary crimes. As a matter of fact, they ARE required to get FDA approval on their grain, despite people telling you they don't; Romney would like to get rid of that requirement though. Go to Snopes if you are worried, and kick Monsanto for me too.

      July 5, 2012 at 10:55 | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      If as you say there has been no testing, how do you know they are harmful?

      July 7, 2012 at 09:01 | Report abuse |
  10. jimdog33

    The head of this pharma project should be called to the carpet on this. Let their child be the first to take the pill.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MassDoc

      If their child was suffering from severe pain due to cancer or burns, the pharma executives probably would be glad to have their child be first in line for this trial. This drug is being administered to seriously ill children, not being given to healthy kids with behavioral issues or whatever else you imagine.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:27 | Report abuse |
    • DIStein

      Would you just let your child who is seriously ill or has an extremely painful injury suffer in agony? These are not being given to children with a scraped knees or a case of the hiccups. Opioid drugs are effective and safe for most people, and have been used to relieve pain for thousands of years. The addiction problem that a minority of people develop with these drugs should not be used to portray compassionate and effective care as abusive.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
    • igsource

      I don't think Perdue exactly having to FORCE this medicine on anybody (or their kids). It's probably the one medication you don't have to remind people to take.

      July 4, 2012 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
    • mrdore2u

      Great idea!

      July 5, 2012 at 09:19 | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      You're missing the point – the trial is on dying or terribly-hurt children. Side effects don't matter when you are going to die soon.

      July 5, 2012 at 10:27 | Report abuse |
  11. Dawn

    they should only use this in the most sever case s but i am scared the parents would steal it from the kids

    July 4, 2012 at 11:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. onestarman

    SOMA – "Better a Gram than a Damn" I am sure that there are a few children whose parents are in desperate need of a Drug for the Relief of their children's Pain. That does not mean that Big Pharma is GUILTY of being the Biggest PUSHER of Narcotics since the US and British GUNBOATS Forced China to accept the Opium Trade brought by the Yankee Pirates. There are HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of Does of Cheaply Manufactured Synthetic Narcotics KILLING Anna Nichole and Micheal Jackson and being sold for LUNCH MONEY by Our Own MIDDLE SCHOOLERS from their PARENTS Medicine Chest.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. DIStein

    The number of people who oppose effective pain control is shocking, and demonstrates a severe empathy deficit. The article clearly says,
    "'These children have diseases such as cancer or sickle-cell anemia, post-operative pain, injuries such as severe burns causing this degree of pain,'"
    It is become more difficult for adults with chronic pain to find relief that allows them to live a somewhat normal life, and the pain of children is often completely overlooked. Often children who have been in accidents and have broken bones, burns, or other painful injuries are left to suffer, while adults are adequately treated. Most people who use narcotic pain killers do not develop problems from their use. In fact, opioid drugs, when dosed correctly, have better safety profiles than common over the counter acetaminophen products, NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen sodium), or aspirin. Even among those who are addicted to narcotic pain killers, the worst of the damage is done by the acetaminophen (which is quite toxic to the liver at high doses or with long term use) that is found in combination products (Lortab, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.).

    July 4, 2012 at 11:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hogan's Goat

      "The article clearly says, "'These children have diseases such as cancer" You think commenters read the articles first? Ah, no. They read the headline and then post something about Obama or dirty liberals based on what they think the headline means. Half the people on the "shingles" article want their roofs repaired.

      July 5, 2012 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Hogan's Goat, your comment about shingles made me smile!

      July 7, 2012 at 08:50 | Report abuse |
  14. Maggie

    This is a great idea, for parents who want to kill their kids. For anyone who likes their kids, not so much.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cindy

      When you go in for your next surgery, will you do it without pain control. I think not. Why would you wish that on a child?

      July 4, 2012 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • Read People Read

      You will not think that if your kid was burned or had cancer, you would want to relieve his/her suffering. If you saw your child suffering I would think compassion and love would allow you to learn instead of just going by hype.

      July 4, 2012 at 12:18 | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      "parents who want to kill their kids" Pretend it's your kid whose eyeball is popping out on her cheek from brain cancer. She's screaming in horrible pain and will die tonight. Do you give her painkillers or a stern lecture on addiction? Come on, Maggie, we're waiting.

      July 5, 2012 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
  15. Read People Read

    They are talking about prescribing this medicine for severe pain conditions. It has proven to be one of the best pain relievers out there and the class of medicine has been around for thousands of years. Yes it stinks that opiates and opioids (synthetic opiates) are addictive and stinks even more that the body builds tolerance to them but that is just the nature of this class of medicines. I would much rater have a doctor to prescribe oxycodone to a burned child to relieve pain than to leave a child writhing in pain. A doctor can prescribe it properly and discontinue it properly so that maximum benefit with minimal risk is achieved.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. RB

    This is ridiculous. Oxy for adults started out as an end-stage pain killer as well..........and grew into what we have today: doctors all over the country prescribing it within five minutes for things such as sprained ankles and "my back hurts" addicts. This will be a disaster, 1) because physicians in this country cannot be trusted to properly and objectively rx this medication to children, 2) once it gets easily dispensed, it will immediately create a generation of addicts, and 3) I can't wait to see the number of addict parents who use their kids as a tool to get more oxy. Purdue is all about making money and children are just the next untapped market. Pathetic.

    Some people need to get over the automatic trust we have of the medical community in this country and accept the fact that we have 1000's of dr's across this country who quite frankly, suck. Mix that with a greedy pharm community, and this will become yet another self-induced epidemic.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DIStein

      Nobody is forcing you to take OxyContin. You are free to suffer if you are ever ill or injured. Let people make their own choices.

      July 4, 2012 at 12:27 | Report abuse |
    • Read People Read

      OK some of what you say is correct. Big pharma is out for money yes, some doctors prescribe to easily yes BUT what about the kid who is burned over 90% of body or has excruciating cancer or any number of horrible diseases? Would you withhold all opiate or opioid pain medications from a suffering child? Oxycontin is just a buzzword scare name it is simply time released oxycodone the same active ingredient as in percocet the only difference is the time release tablet. OK so lets no give that to a suffering child what would you give? morphine maybe? vicodin maybe? they are all same class of medicines same pain relieving qualities and same addiction potential. Would you just leave a child suffer? what would you suggest? Severe pain can cause all kinds of problems is left unchecked for a long time, would you be able to watch a burned child lay there in agony when a medicine could provide relief enough to help the child feel better and heal?

      Hysteria and ignorance is no way to make medical decisions.

      July 4, 2012 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Face it; this is needed for dying kids and we don't it to be the cause of death, so studies are needed. DYING KIDS is the part you seem to miss. Not "my back hurts" kids, but serious pain. Adults should know better, but that's not under discussion here.

      July 5, 2012 at 13:06 | Report abuse |
  17. Mike

    Just say no!

    July 4, 2012 at 12:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. GRS62

    I see no problem with developing effective pain medications for children who NEED them. My main concern is allowing the pharmaceutical company that produces the drug to do the study (obvious potential for biased results). Second, the inevitable "relaxation" of prescribed use of this drug for every little bump or bruise...America is already the most medicated country in the world.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DIStein

      These drugs are highly controlled, and are probably more likely to be come more so than less so. They are certainly not being prescribed for little bumps and bruises. People generally take medication by choice, and many Americans choose to take medications because they feel the risks are worth the benefits. Physicians merely provide options to people.

      July 4, 2012 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
    • GRS62

      Distein: Please don't try to claim that all of the Oxycontin prescriptions in the US are needed. I know a person who at one time had a verifiable medical need for Oxycontin but has for the last 4 years managed to extend and get increased dosages for new, invented conditions in order to maintain her fix. It's more common than most people realize.

      July 5, 2012 at 11:43 | Report abuse |
  19. VET

    THERE ARE PAIN KILLERS THAT WORK,THAT ARE NOT DRUGS.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Orange Mandarin

      Ok, Ill bite. Like what?

      July 5, 2012 at 16:49 | Report abuse |
  20. JJ

    WHAT????????? ARE YOU PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR FRICKIN' MINDS!?!?!?!

    July 4, 2012 at 12:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. kennakatleen

    I was in a terrible accident and smashed my leg almost to bits; the skin was the only thing keeping my foot on the end of my leg. There were other less severe injuries also. My dr gave me Oxy – nothing else helped me and I seriously thought about suicide just to stop the pain. Was on it for about 6 months. The injuries healed, I stopped the pills. I am grateful every day that Oxy existed when I needed it, and that I had a dr brave enough to prescribe it. There is nothing good or enobling about pain – especially pain in children. So some people will abuse it – is that a reason to force a child to suffer unrelenting pain? I'd rather see a hundred addict/scammers than one child in screaming pain.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. igsource

    I wish all the "morals police" could feel the pain just for a few minutes that patients (veterans too) have to deal with every day! I bet you'd be begging for for some pain medication. Why should honest people have to suffer just because a few rotten kids can't control their own desires for a high?

    July 4, 2012 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hogan's Goat

      "I wish all the "morals police" could feel the pain just for a few minutes" Oh, they will. Stuff happens to everyone, and of course they will say "Give ME the drugs, because I can handle them."

      July 5, 2012 at 15:33 | Report abuse |
  23. Pete

    FYI Opioids have never been proven to be beneficial for patients with chronic pain as a long term treatment.

    July 4, 2012 at 19:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Beverly

      Sorry to interrupt your rant, but you are most definitely WRONG! I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Failed Neck Surgery, and Degenerative Disc Disease. I have been on a prescribed low-dose opioid for 15 years now to manage my pain. I am neither an addict nor a deadbeat. And I consider myself a productive member of society. My Pain Management Specialist prescribed Opiods in a time released form because of concern over long term damage from NSAIDS to my Liver. Please remember that Opiods are our most natural form of pain relief, and any drug, even aspirin, can be abused.

      July 5, 2012 at 11:40 | Report abuse |
  24. mlblogs2012

    Legal Heroin for Kids.. This is digusting.. this drug has killed far to many people , esp teenagers.. Drug company CeO's are trying to legalize addiction so they can make more $$$$.. They are just drug cartels that wear business suits..

    July 4, 2012 at 22:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Anna

    FYI, we already have a lot of great opioids that are fantastic at controlling cancer and burn pain in kids. A lot of them are IV, but most kids who are so sick they can't last a couple hours without Dilaudid have some kind of infection or issue on top of the cancer and need to be hospitalized. Terminal kids are sent home on IV pain meds and are likely in more pain than oxycodone would touch. I can't see any good reason for this drug to be developed, and it has already caused so many problems in the adult population. As sad as it is, there are already kids out there addicted to pain meds, and I think it's hideously irresponsible to create more... just a pediatrician's opinion...

    July 5, 2012 at 00:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. MaryAnn

    I happen 2 have a serious health condition which causes severe pain. I happen 2 take oxycontin & able 2 stop taking it off & on. I haven't become addictive but only take it as prescribed. I don't abuse it & wish 2 hell i didn't need it. I believe thru experience u have 2 hav addictive personality. 4 some of us we hav no choice! That goes 4 kids 2! If it was their child sufferin they would feel different.

    July 5, 2012 at 04:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. mike

    Some of you anti-medicine drug slandering mouthpieces are just parrot-ing dr. phil or nancy grace and you sound ridiculous.How about you walk into a veterans hospital and ask to speak with an amputee or a veteran living with bullet hole in his abdomen. Go ask anyone who has had their colon surgically removed and the result is 15 bm's or more a day and they have constant burning in a very sensitive area. Can you imagine sitting on fire? Go ask people who are in chronic pain from car accidents and sever injuries if they are fine with being sent home from hospital with a lousy good for nothing tylenol pm. People, before you judge the drug companies and before you repeat what your neighbor told you about oxycontin, understand that there are people who need it and need to stay on it for days, weeks and sometimes years. The alternative for most sufferers is- suicide. Ask any surviving family member why that person committed suicide and they will tell you they didn't want to be in pain any more and decided to end their life rather than try to live life crying and suffering. Drug companies do their best to help people sustain a functional stress free life. Pain, anxiety and stress should avoided and drugs help. Some drugs are dangerous I totally agree but people come on, nobody should suffer.

    July 5, 2012 at 05:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. bridgitt

    Im a cronic pain patient. have had 3 bowel abstuction surgerys and looking at another in a year! i have oxycontin perscibed 3xs daily. you people who say no to this dont have a clue to sever cronic pain. dont let our children suffer! i think this is a great idea and yes we have people out there that are abuseing they also need help. were are americans hold strong and allways be supportive of anyone who truely needs this children or adults. i think its wanderfull!

    July 5, 2012 at 09:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. BigDaddy

    For all of you "Armchair" Doctors out there..I am a chronic pain patient on a very high dose of Oxycontin.It has turned me into a cyclic vomitting monster.It caused me to lose 170 pounds,vomiting.So I had to take matters into my own hands.I tried every anti-emetic known to science.Phenergan,Compazine and Zofran.Then Marinol...and Marinol was woefully ineffective.I then started using medical quality cannabis,not that crappy Cartel brick crap.I turnd my vomting around and now control it easily with cannabis(when I can find any)Opiates serve a purpose,and that is to stop pain that OTC meds cannot help.However long term use has major drawbacks.If I am 1 hour late taking my dose I go into pre-withdrawl,which is no funny.So yes marinol works on vomiting and it DOES help some people with pain.Nobody should have to be terminally ill to "get permission" from society to use cannabis.Free the Weed For those in need.It is a No Brainer that our owned and boughten Gov(See Big Pharam) needs to legalize for meical reasons.the science is there but it doesnt serve thier personal agendas$$$...it is time for the people to take back Gov as a possible cure for cancer may lie in a plant demonized for far too long.Peace and One Love...

    July 5, 2012 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BigDaddy

      Forgot to mention I started out on Fentanyl patches and then Avinza morphine and now Oxycontin.I have been on oxys for 4 years now.I have had major injuries taking care of challenged kids with behavioral issues.I have had 13 major orthopedic surgeries in last 10 years.I have Fibromyalgia x Myofascil Pain Syndrome.My hope is no children will have such serious side effects to have to deal with on top of the pain.Thats my concern.

      July 5, 2012 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
  30. Me

    Good to all of you who have been fortunate to not have to watch your child in constant, severe pain.

    Big Pharama is evil, just like the gun manufactures are good for providing free Americans with guns so we can blow up vicious cannibalistic deer and so we can protect our families from invading Canadians.

    My 9 yr old child is on a daily dose of Morphine. She takes a pill twice a day and we also have liquid Morphine on hand. She has a prescription for Celebrex. She has taken Oxy in the past, and in fact, have a bottle of liquid Oxy in the armoire. Yep, in the armoire. The one in the sunroom off the kitchen. That is where we keep all of the drugs. Morphine, Oxy, Celebrex, Tylenol, Bactrim, Hypertonic, Albuterol, Amikacin, Reglan, Zofran, ect… Don’t forget the digestive enzymes so she can absorb food.

    Oh, my child also has a port in her arm that she had installed about two years ago so when she is on IVs, there is easy access. She only uses her feeding tube at night and eats normal food during the day. Does her insulin count as some inappropriate form of drug related device?

    Actually her diabetes is just a side effect that formed about 9 months ago. Her primary disease is Cystic Fibrosis. Look it up folks if you don’t know what it is. Here: cff.org

    Just to recap, she is only 9yrs old. Oh the pain part, right. She has about 30% lung capacity and is on 24hr/7 days week portable liquid oxygen. That will change once she gets her new lungs. Right, forgot that part. She is on the transplant list for a double lung.

    Before you yip about her doctors or her parents, you should know this. I have an MBA from a leading University and her mother has a degree also from a leading university. My daughter has been seen her whole life at the top ranked Children’s Hospital in North America, with top pulmonary department. So , you know I live in either Boston or Philadelphia. Have also had 2nd opinions from top doctors across the country to just be sure there is nothing else we haven’t thought of in her care.
    Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that I also watched my sister-in-law’s 4 year old son die of brain cancer 3 years ago.

    I love that fact we all have opinions and freedom of speech, but think before you babble too much on what you may know absolutely nothing about.

    July 5, 2012 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Analystgirl

      Hi Me!
      I too live with a child who lives with constant pain. 20 years of catastrophic illness. Lots of Oxy, (codone AND contin) and all the rest of the life saving drugs he needs. You are not alone. ignore the people who get on this site and yap about stuff they know nothing about. The only thing that matters is your daughter. Our prayers are with your family.

      July 6, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse |
  31. kls817

    Oxycontin itself is an outrage. Why is the FDA allowing this drug to even be on the market? Countless people have become addicted to it and have died, or killed others in their pursuit of it. It is a blight on society and its harmfullness greatly outweighs its benefits.

    July 5, 2012 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Orange Mandarin

      Because its better tolerated than other options for many people. If morphine was an end all drug that worked perfectly with zero side effects we wouldnt need oxymorphone (opana), hydromorphone (dilaudid), hydrocodone (vicoden), fentanyl, codeine, darvocet, etc. etc etc. Not everyone reacts to medication the same way. Oxycontin is an outrage to those who dont need it and a God send to those who benefit from it. How many prescriptions are written for morphine today? Compare that to before oxycontin was around.

      Drug addicts will abuse whatever they can get their hands on. If it wasnt oxycontin it would still be morphine. In fact, where Im from Opana is making oxycontin look like skittles. One Opana 40mg tablet sells for $60 here. Get rid of oxycontin and you will find out there are other options out there. Opana, for one, is far more addictive than oxycontin but since you havent heard of it you arent offended by it like you are oxycontin. If you actually knew what you were talking about you'd be upset at one of the far more potent drugs out there.

      July 5, 2012 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
    • mrdore2u

      That is the simple truth!. .now they want to profit from destroying children

      July 6, 2012 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
  32. maple62666

    Its a shame they don't test safer painkillers for adults and children. There are safer and more effective medications out there then Oxycontin. Buprenorphine is an opioid 100x strength of morphine and has a much better binding affinity to the pain receptors and then euphoria receptors. Of, if giving Oxycontin, why don't doctors give it with Naloxone, which blocks euphoria receptor sites, but not the pain sites. Of course, the reason is, same as cigarettes. If cigarettes weren't addictive, no one would smoke em' cause your body wont crave them.

    July 5, 2012 at 19:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. maple62666

    ts a shame they don\'t test safer painkillers for adults and children. There are safer and more effective medications out there then Oxycontin. Buprenorphine is an opioid 100x strength of morphine and has a much better binding affinity to the pain receptors then euphoria receptors, you cannot OD on it.. Of, if giving Oxycontin, why don't doctors give it with Naloxone, which blocks euphoria receptor sites, but not the pain sites. Of course, the reason is, same as cigarettes. If cigarettes weren't addictive, no one would smoke em\' cause your body wont crave them.

    July 5, 2012 at 19:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • eva68

      You are absolutely wrong. You can OD on Buprenorphine.

      July 8, 2012 at 13:16 | Report abuse |
  34. Mike

    We already have "Oxytots", might as well move to the next age levels... Doctors and lawyers absolutely make me sick...

    July 5, 2012 at 23:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. c s

    Unless you have had severe pain, you cannot imagine what hell on earth is. Just because some people abuse pain killers, is no reason not to give it to people in severe pain. Billionaire Howard Hughes was in a airplane crash and had severe pain for many years. Only because he was rich and famous did DEA leave him alone. In fact the DEA commissioned a study of Howard Hughes and his pain treatment. Do a web search for "Pseudo-Addiction: The Illustrative Case of Howard Hughes" by
    Forest Tennant. Untreated severe pain will kill you.

    July 5, 2012 at 23:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Wastrel

    Man I have got to try this stuff and see what I was missing when I was a kid. The comments here lead me to believe that this must be the best recreational buzz EVAH. Who cares if we are a nation on drugs, unable to function well enough to drive, as long as we can zone out in front of the TV with our favorite prescription med - which is paid for by insurance. You are hooked, America, just 'fess up and get another scrip, because that's the way it's gotta be. Love your drugs, love your country!

    July 6, 2012 at 11:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wastrel

      Oh, and as an afterthought: Pain is nature's way of telling you that something is wrong. You may have pain, and everyone dies, and many people die in pain. Drugs are wonderful for recreation. As medicine, they are merely a way of lying to yourself. Take them if you want, for whatever reason, but don't try to tell me it's a good thing. It's poison.

      However... ""Perhaps he was glad to die, and perhaps he realized his Dolores had killed him. Maybe he was glad dying came so hard, by her hand. Maybe, in his times of lucidity between the terrible spasms of the poison, he kept himself from saying her name and how she had done it.

      "It would be one kind of penance. And there are never enough kinds. Not for him. Not for me. And certainly not for you, my friend." John D. MacDonald, "A Purple Place For Dying"

      July 6, 2012 at 11:26 | Report abuse |
  37. Analystgirl

    My son's blood clots in his legs have kept him on Oxy for a few years now. Rather than up the dosage I got him on a cannabis tinture that relieves pain and is going to eventually replace the Oxy. He uses the Oxy only sparingly now and with the goal of getting off it for good. It is tough to live with pain.

    July 6, 2012 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Frank Mondana

    Due to 2 accidents and an especially crippling case of Psoriatic Arthritis, I take Oxycontin. I take 2 tablets a day (with another pain med used as "breakthrough"). Before Oxy, I was taking anywhere from 8 – 10 pills (some also loaded with Tylenol) and at times used the fentenyl patch. I also took prevacid and ate Tums like candy. I resisted getting Oxy for almost 7 years because of the media coverage. Most of the coverage whips up the opinion that if you take just 1 pill, BAM! You are an addict, period.

    I wish I never would have listened to the media. Within a week of starting it I could move around better and stopped taking naps during the day. My mood improved (no, not because I'm high) and I also stopped taking the Prevacid, and my liver function is normal. I have cut by 75% the amount of narcotic in my system.

    The latest version of Oxy is impossible to grind up, chew, or otherwise modified for use as a street drug. It is a timed release capsule and lasts 12 hours between doses.

    Kids with horrible pain issues are given codeine, the Patch or all the variations of Vicodin. Kids who really need this drug should be able to get it. If we start thinking about addicts first then anyone who needs it will be out of luck. This is stupid.

    Besides, do some research. "Doctor Shopping" is getting hard to do because of state and federal databases. Going to different pharmacies is getting hard for the same reason. The new Oxy formula is no longer popular with the addicts because of the things mentioned earlier. They now want the straight Ocycodone pills that can be crushed up and used for all the wrong reasons. On top of all that, many addicts get their fix from the black market.

    If this medication works for kids the way it worked for me then it needs to be given to them.

    July 6, 2012 at 20:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chewem

      Or from people like you who get the generic and sell them to the black market for hugh profits.

      July 6, 2012 at 21:58 | Report abuse |
    • hhh

      BS, where there is a will, there is a way, Pedi-egg will grind them up real fine, best result freeze them first. LOL. There is NO doc shopping in CT, everything is input at the pharmacy to deny multiple scrips across all pharmacies in state. In case you don't think, many people need these meds, judge yourself.

      July 8, 2012 at 01:38 | Report abuse |
  39. Tweak

    Amazing. Our country is mostly made up of fat, lazy, divorced, and addicted adults. Why not help our kids to the party? I have no objections to hospital administered painkillers considering the extent of supervision. I must say that in this day and age the level of denial and gullibility of the majority is quite refreshing and above all profitable. A good PR campaign is all it takes. Trusting parents to administer these drugs in pill form is irresponsible. Most people can't manage their money, debt, relationships, or sources of accurate information. Out of everyone, children need the most help and I do believe that research in pain management for children is necessary. It's just that trusting the modern, predominantly single parent with such a responsibility is just foolishness. For those adults that keep limbs which are now useless and are essentially the source of their pain, try amputation. If your pain is from the neck up, amputation will definitely do the trick.

    July 8, 2012 at 21:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      For every kid who desperately needs pain killers of this magnitude, there will be 100 or more who just want the drug, or worse, parents who think it's an easy way to get their kid to shut up for a few hours.

      Still, there is that rare kid with an injury or an ailment painful enough to legitimately need Oxycontin.

      July 9, 2012 at 10:30 | Report abuse |
  40. Sara

    When it comes to children stick with what we KNOW! I was treated at Shriner's for full open back surgeries, etc from 3yrs old until I aged out at 19 yrs. There was no such thing as "Oxycodone". Never was I once in any intolerable pain and never have I became addicted to any drug thereafter! I'm near 50 yrs! Stick with what we KNOW works already and spare the 'studies'!

    July 8, 2012 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Karah

    One Nation under Drugs, with pharmacutical companies and drug addicts justifying it all! Sad.

    July 8, 2012 at 23:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Lynn

    oxycontin vs. heroin are nearly the same drug, both opioids are synthetic or real derivatives of opium, most users take either one – both opioids, When properly prescribed and properly taken, Oxycontin has a timed-release action to produce approx. 12 hours of steady pain relief, but even when taken properly you can become an addict. Drug companies advertised oxycontin as safe to give anyone in pain, even if that pain was not at all severe; billed as a miracle pain reliever! Drug companies did such a good job promoting the drug as a miracle drug in easing pain and the safety of it, that Oxycontin is covered by Medicaid and Doctors over prescribed.
    People addicted to Oxycontin destroy the timed release action of the pills or capsules in order to partake of the entire amount of the drug at once instead of spread over 12 hours. Abusers of Oxycontin, become addicted to both, the intense orgasmic mind rush, and the state of complete blissful euphoria which follows the rush. The results of Heroin abuse is almost like the highs of Oxycontin. The following facts given as testimony before Massachusetts State Senator Steven Tolman and his Oxycontin and Heroin Commission in May 2009:
    "■Prior to 1914, Heroin was used to relieve pain and respiratory illnesses in the United States and was given credit for not being as addictive as morphine. ■Heroin became illegal in 1914 because of its addictive qualities. ■Oxycontin, or synthetic Heroin as it is often called, has almost the exact same molecular makeup as Heroin. ■Heroin and Oxycontin both give the user an intense head rush, and then euphoria. ■The drug addict will use whichever drug is the easiest for him to obtain, as Heroin and Oxycontin are interchangeable. ■Oxycontin is vastly over prescribed. ■Both Oxycontin and Heroin are extremely addictive. ■Oxycontin VS Heroin."
    Why aren’t they both illegal drugs? Giving this drug to children is absolutely CRAZY!

    July 11, 2012 at 11:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Leah

    I had spent years in bed disabled by severe pain caused by failed back surgeries I had at the top hospital in Beverly Hills. I also had inoperable, recalled artificial discs in my lower spine that are continuously over loading my facet joints & endplate, causing fissure fractures and even more pain. Despite all this, my main diagnosis was listed as "failed back syndrome". When the amounts/types of medications I was given did not come close to relieving my pain, or had awful side effects, my repeated requests for more/different/stronger, were viewed by the majority of the medical community as "drug seeking behavior". I ended up in the ER on a regular basis, just crippled by pain. I am a mother & pain & disability took years away from me being able to properly parent my children, not to mention took a huge toll on my marriage & finances. By the time I was accurately diagnosed, with an incurable progressive spine disease that has been reported as of the most painful diseases, with pain similar to that of cancer pain, I was prescribed Oxycontin & Oxycodone  (the long & short acting versions of the drug Oxycodone) it was already under constant media fire. As another person similarly replied, I was able to get out of bed & soon after was back to almost a full functioning parent. It literally gave me my life back. The times I was late filling my prescription, I had the misfortune, no, the nightmare, of the withdrawal effects of the drug. It scared me to death, I had no idea how physically addicting it was, but that was explained to me ahead of time. I  voluntarily detox from all my medications, every 2 years, to re-evaluate my symptoms & to give my body a break, but I didn't experience incessant cravings for the drug, only for relief of pain. I am so grateful for this medication & for finally finding a doctor who isn't scared by all the activity the Media has conjured up. His practice actually promotes alternative  therapies & holistic medications, with narcotic/opiate medications as a last resort. He only prescribes for a small amount of people, but fights for his right to prescribe, as well as our pain relief . He is so discouraged by the lack of REAL information about Oxycontin & how most of the articles that negatively portray the drug are not only inaccurate, but are based on people who abuse it, not the people legitimately prescribed it. The fact is, LESS THAN 1% of people who are PRESCRIBED OXYCONTIN abuse it. The more the media vilifies it, the harder it will be for people like me to get prescriptions. Please educate yourself beyond media hype before posting inflammatory comments.  
    And as for being Herion's twin:  "Only when abused, does Oxycodone  produce a high similar to heroin, but for patients in severe pain, especially chronic pain, oxycodone simply provides relief rather than any high."(www.thirteen.org) “While regulators and law enforcement people need to address the problem of prescription drug abuse and diversion, but anything that’s done needs to address that these are crucial medications needed daily for legitimate pain patients,” (said Dr. Portenoy, of Beth Isreal Hospital in Manhattan)

    December 15, 2012 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
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