FDA actions

The FDA has approved the first generic version of levofloxacin (Levaquin). The popular fluoroquinolone is commonly used for treatment of respiratory infections, sinusitis, prostatitis, pyelonephritis and skin infections. Generic forms will include tablets, oral solutions, and injectable solutions.

The FDA has approved an abuse-resistant short-acting oxycodone tablet. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals has licensed the "AVERSION Technology" from Acura Pharmaceuticals. The technology prevents dissolving and injecting tablets by creating a gel when mixed with water or other solvents that prevents snorting crushed tablets by burning nasal passages, and also prevents intentional swallowing of excess quantities by adding niacin which causes intense flushing, itching, and sweating. Long-acting oxycodone (OxyContin) was similarly reformulated in 2010 to prevent misuse and abuse.