September 22, 2011
If there is one time to get scared, it is when a drug company, a government agency, a popular magazine article or – heaven forbid – your doctor says a metabolite is “better” than the drug it came from.
A metabolite is the substance that is left after the body breaks down (metabolizes) a medication.
Everyone in this picture know that oxycontin — read “morphine” — has lots of addiction-type problems. Synthesized by the Germans in 1914, it has been around for quite a while, although not terribly commercially exploited until the folks at Endo Pharmaceutical started pushing it. Read more on Pain Killers Can Be A Prescription For Disaster…