Who here has got their hands on the purple OxyContin: 120 , that is one hundred and twenty, milligrams?
It is OC, not OP as it is not marketed in the US but in Europe and New Zealand.
An acquaintance of mine who was prescribed various amps by a private clinic before deciding to give up daily needle use was offered them, but after a short trial on 20mg OxyNorms at a seriously large dose, he turned down the opportunity to take the slow-release 120s or 80s as the cost was more than he was prepared to stomach; he went for morphine sulphate and methadone tablets instead, which hits one's pocket far less heavily at the pharmacy counter.
As far as dying/chronically ill people I only know of 80's being offered followed by fentanyl prescribing or Opanas/Dilaudids (US), a syringe driver with diamorphine in it (UK) or ultra high-dose IV morphine (most other countries.) Is this just a function of the newness of 120mg tablets and thus their lack of an established niche in the prescribing landscape for severe pain?
Does anyone know how frequently it is being prescribed? The figures breaking down NHS spending into specific products will ultimately prove revealing based on the publicly available BNF net price; until then, is there any news or sightings of it among us specialists in the subject?