Expect to Use Higher Opioid Doses to Treat Acute Pain in Probuphine Patients

Probuphine (pro-BYOO-feen) will be the first buprenorphine IMPLANT to treat opioid dependence.

It consists of four subdermal rods placed in the inner upper arm...lasts for 6 months...and is for patients controlled on 8 mg/day or less of buprenorphine for 3 months or longer.

The downside is many patients need 16 mg or more of buprenorphine daily. And Probuphine costs almost $10,000 per year...about 3 times the cost of buprenorphine combos.

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