Thursday, July 14, 2005

Palladone where art thou?

Well Palladone's (extended release hydromorphone/dilaudid) release in the US is being suspended.  It appears that if you take Palladone with alcohol, it becomes immediate-release and this, obviously, can be a problem.  Purdue I'm sure is not too happy.  On the other hand I'm not too sad.  While I'm all for more options in controlled release oral opioids I have had a big problem with the name "Palladone."  I just find names like Palladone Orwellian and uncomfortable.  It's like the name of the drug is promising blissful relief.  The antipsychotic "Abilify" annoys me in the same way. 

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