Last updated on June 2019

An Open-label Multicentre Single-arm Trial of Monthly Injections of Depot Buprenorphine in People With Opioid Dependence


Brief description of study

Despite research demonstrating the efficacy of buprenorphine (BPN), effectiveness in real-world settings has been limited by shorter retention than for methadone, and the need for daily or near-daily dosing (frequently supervised in Australia). Newly developed sustained-release BPN formulations could provide rapid onset and sustained release of BPN.

Current formulations include six-monthly implants, and once-weekly or once-monthly injections, removing the need for frequent clinic or pharmacy attendance. Improved medication adherence may result in improved patient outcomes and fewer unintended consequences such as diversion, but more data are needed in real-world settings. These innovations have the potential to dramatically change the treatment settings and options for people who are opioid dependent.

The study aims to evaluate the patient outcomes following the implementation of a monthly BPN depot injection for the treatment of opioid dependence in community-based treatment settings with a focus on opioid and other illicit drug use, adherence and retention, and participants' experiences of the implementation.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03809143

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