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Sixty seconds on . . . OxyContin

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 27 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k914
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Is that the pregnancy hormone?

No, that’s oxytocin, you dope. This is the time released formulation of the semi-synthetic opioid oxycodone, marketed by Purdue Pharma, which stands accused of unleashing the US’s opioid epidemic. That’s the one that’s been estimated to have cost the US economy $504bn (£361bn; €410bn) in 2015 and been involved in 42 249 deaths in the US in 2016.1

Wow, sounds nasty

Purdue is also targeted in more than 200 lawsuits for fraudulent marketing of its pill. And it has been named in a Senate report …

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