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DRUGSCAN® to Present Scientific Data at the PAINWeek 2016 Conference

Posted on: 30 Aug 16

HORSHAM, Pa., Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DRUGSCAN© Pharmaceutical Services, leaders in conducting laboratory-based manipulation and extraction studies, announced today that their scientists will be presenting data at the PAINWeek 2016 conference, from a study they conducted to assess the smoke-ability of opioids. The data presented can help guide developers of abuse-deterrent products.

Smoking is a common route of administration for abusers of opioids.  The ability to deter smoking, as well as other routes of administration, is a goal of abuse-deterrent opioid formulations.  The FDA recommends that abuse-deterrent product developers conduct in-vitro experiments to assess the smoke-ability of these products.  The studies conducted by DRUGSCAN, using a novel in-vitro smoking apparatus developed by DRUGSCAN and Pinney Associates, assessed the optimal smoking temperatures of two commonly abused opioids.  The findings observed from this study can serve as a benchmark for abuse-deterrent opioid developers.

"We are proud to work with developers of products to stem the abuse of opioids which is a serious health crisis in the United States and elsewhere" said Dr. Anthony Costantino, Ph.D., President and CEO of DRUGSCAN©.  "In-vitro studies like these should help developers create safer opioid products that deter the common methods of abuse".

The following poster will be presented during the PAINWeek 2016 poster session on Thursday, September 8 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm:

Optimization of a Smoking-Simulation Technique to Investigate Smoke-Ability of Opioids from Pharmaceutical Formulations.

Authors: Paul Fort, Amanda Hobe, Jennifer Poshkus, Jessica Baehr, Chris Altomare, Hongzhe Wang, Daniel Leach, Greg Gironda and Abdel Halim


DRUGSCAN is a leader in laboratory-based abuse-deterrent studies (™), clinical and forensic toxicology, medication monitoring, and drug detection laboratory services. DRUGSCAN has been certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) since 1989 and is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), ensuring consistently high levels of service, compliance with regulations, and achievement of the highest standards of accuracy, professionalism and responsiveness. To learn more about DRUGSCAN and their™ capabilities, please visit or call 800-235-4890

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Last updated on: 30/08/2016

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