The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Benzhydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Apadaz) for Pain
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The FDA has approved Apadaz (KemPharm), a short-acting, fixed-dose combination of benzhydrocodone and acetaminophen, for short-term management (≤14 days) of acute pain severe enough to require an opioid and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Benzhydrocodone is a prodrug of hydrocodone. Fixed-dose combinations of short-acting hydrocodone and acetaminophen or ibuprofen have been available for years and are the most abused opioid products in the US. Apadaz was developed under the presumption that inclusion of the inactive prodrug would reduce the potential for abuse of the combination by non-oral routes such as smoking, snorting, or injection, but the FDA did not approve Apadaz as an abuse-deterrent formulation. ... more
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