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Oxycodone m/r generic launched in UK

21st September 2012

Oxycodone m/r generic launched in UK

Qdem Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, UK) have launched generic oxycodone m/r (Longtec prolonged release) 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 40mg and 80mg tablets. Supplies will come from Bard Pharmaceuticals, the production and supply chain business of Napp, and will be available through the usual wholesalers. The NHS cost and product range comparison with Oxycontin m/r (Napp) is: 

Longtec (Qdem)
Tablets m/r 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 40mg and 80mg, 28 days @ 1 tablet b.d.= £21, £21, £42, £85, and £170 respectively. 

Oxycontin (Napp)
Tablets m/r 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 60mg, 80mg and 120mg, 28 days @ 1 tablet b.d. = £25, £25, £37, £50, £75, £100, £150, £200 and £300 respectively. 

Note: The remains of the m/r tablet may appear in the patient’s faeces (‘ghost tablets’), as can also occur with Oxycontin and Targinact (oxycodone/naloxone combined m/r tablet). These are inert residues, and do not affect the efficacy of the products.

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