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OxyContin May Not Be As Effective As Company Claims

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times released an investigation on OxyContin, the best selling painkiller that’s made $31 billion for Purdue Pharma since 1996. The Times found the 12-hour relief claim is bogus — it doesn’t actually last that long, which may give some insight into rising levels of abuse of and addiction to this drug and others like it. Katie Ferguson talked to Dr. Jack Kabazie, who directs the division of pain management at the Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania about how he views pain relievers as the guy who prescribes them.

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