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By: Aniruddha M. Railkar

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Quick Perspective on Canada has just approved prescription heroin

The Canadian government approved prescription heroin to treat drug addiction. The lead physician of a drug addiction treatment clinic says it cuts down on criminal activity. I feel cautiously positive about this. If conventional treatments have failed, perhaps something unconventional might work. This approach is used in the U.S. and eight European Union countries. However, the article does not cite results from those countries. Since the treatment is provided in a controlled environment, in addition to reducing criminal activity, it could also reduce transmission of AIDS. More studies are needed to prove effectiveness of this treatment.

Aniruddha (Ani) M. Railkar is director, CMC, at Tarsa Therapeutics. He is the current chair of the PHILADELPHIA PHARMACEUTICAL FORUM discussion group.