Pisgah Laboratories, Inc. (www.pisgahlabs.com) received Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (www.uspto.gov) for its patent application entitled "Opioid Salts and Formulations Exhibiting Anti-Abuse and Anti-Dose Dumping Properties." Pisgah began pursuing a technology platform in 2006 that addresses the nation's drug abuse epidemic and this patent is the first in what is expected to be a large estate of allowed patents protecting Pisgah's discoveries. Fortunately, these innovations represent a readily available game-changer for altering the destructive path of drug abuse.
Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the US and Pisgah Labs is emerging as the technical leader in providing realistic solutions to a difficult problem. According to Dr. Cliff King, Pisgah's Vice President, "Pisgah has employed its expertise in chemistry to simultaneously address multiple routes of prescription drug abuse through an integrated technology platform." Pisgah's recently allowed patent covers a new form of hydrocodone to replace the often abused hydrocodone bitartrate now used in pain medications. While highly genericized, hydrocodone is best recognized by brand names such as Vicodin®, Lortab® and Norco®. These products, which also contain acetaminophen (or APAP), are receiving scrutiny from the FDA and product manufacturers are being subjected to a mandate to lower the APAP levels contained in their products. Pisgah's patent allowance provides for an abuse-deterrent form of hydrocodone to be incorporated into these products inclusive of the new acetaminophen safe level standards.