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'You want a description of hell?' OxyContin's 12-hour problem

Los Angeles Times

'You want a description of hell?' OxyContin's 12-hour problem

The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. But OxyContin's stunning success masked a fundamental problem: The drug wears off hours early in many people.

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