Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Methadone alternative to hit Canadian market

From CBC News:
A new heroin-addiction treatment that many doctors say is safer than methadone can be prescribed in Canada starting this week.

The drug, sold under the names Subutex and Suboxone, contains buprenorphine, an opiate. Manufactured by Schering-Plough Corp., it was approved by Health Canada in 2005.

Dr. Mark Dubé, a private practitioner in Sudbury, Ont., has been prescribing methadone for years. He started prescribing Subutex and Suboxone in August to one of his methadone patients under a special access permit granted by Health Canada. ...more

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