In the third quarter of 2012, VICODIN will be available in the following new formulations:
• VICODIN® (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, USP) 5 mg/300 mg
• VICODIN ES® (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, USP) 7.5 mg/300 mg
• VICODIN HP® (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, USP) 10 mg/300 mg
You know the bullshit we went through with the "new" Auralgan? It'll be kinda like that. Except it'll be every other goddamn prescription we fill.
All in the name of liver safety of course. Because a 300mg dose of acetaminophen is at least 10 times as safe as the 325mg generic Norcos.
And by safe, I mean profitable for Abbott Labs. No word yet on the new Vicodin pricing, but the current bullshit 5/300 brand, Xodol, has a generic that runs $184.98 per 100 tabs.
The 5/325 goes for $28.81 at Costco.
25mg of Tylenol. That's the only difference. And you'll probably be paying over six times as much.
This letter from Abbott is signed by an MD, who is somehow able to simultaneously claim to be a health care professional and sleep at night.
At least it's not as bad as the time they thought about making AIDS patients drink a product that tastes like vomit.
(Thanks to the alert reader who tipped me to this).