Buprenorphine: extended‐release formulations “a game changer”!

Katerina Lagios
Med J Aust 2021; 214 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51098
Published online: 21 June 2021

To the Editor: There is a new player in the treatment of opioid use disorder: extended‐release depot buprenorphine. This has been hailed “a game changer”1 and has proven to be of great benefit, particularly during the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic. Depot buprenorphine has an impact on presentations to hospital and health services, meaning that all clinicians must be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages (Box) as well as the formulations.

  • Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services, ACT Health, Canberra, ACT


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