State AGs Push For Abuse-Resistant Generic Painkillers

Law360, Washington (March 11, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT) -- A group of 48 state attorneys general urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday to require generic-drug manufacturers to create tamper- and abuse-resistant versions of their products in an effort to curb prescription painkiller abuse.

While the attorneys general lauded the FDA for taking steps to propose standards for abuse-resistant drugs, they noted that many users have switched to generic counterparts and extended-release tablets to avoid the anti-abuse efforts and urged the agency to beef up its regulatory efforts.

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