NPR: FDA may block new addiction drug (6 min)

May 24, 2019: This article from NPR describes how Sublocade, a long-acting, injectable form of buprenorphine that can help people in recovery from opioid addiction, was designated an “orphan drug” by the FDA for a non-traditional reason. This designation meant that it would have exclusive access to US markets for seven years (instead of the typical three), starting in 2017. However, a similar drug called Brixadi has been developed and is “ready for market,” but physicians may have to wait until 2024 for it to be available. You can read more about the drugs and the FDA here.

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