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Study links OxyContin to increase in deaths December 7, 2009

Posted by Dreamhealer in Big Pharma.
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Oxycodone deaths rose fivefold in Ontario after OxyContin – the brand name of a popular version of the prescription painkiller – was introduced to the public drug plan, according to a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Most of the deaths were accidental, almost two-thirds of patients had seen a doctor within a month of their death and nearly all of them combined the drug with alcohol, sleeping pills or anti-depressants, the study found.

After OxyContin was added to the public drug plan in 2000, oxycodone deaths in Ontario rose from 1.39 per million residents annually in 1999 to 7.17 per million residents in 2004. Read More…

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