“The FDA should ensure that these generic pills have equivalent protections as their branded counterparts, for everyone’s safety,” Schumer said Monday. “We are in the midst of a prescription drug abuse epidemic and allowing these pills on the street with no anti-abuse mechanisms would open the floodgates even further.” 

Since 2010, Oxycodone has been made with an “anti-abuse” formula that turns the pill into a gummy gel when it is crushed, making it difficult to snort. Schumer said that if generic versions of Oxycodone could be crushed into a fine powder, street-sale values of the drug would increase, encouraging more theft and crime.

“Pills that are easily crushed or altered are far more valuable than the versions that can’t be tampered with, making pharmacies and people that carry them a target for violent thieves,” Schumer said.

Schumer called on the FDA to specify which abuse deterrent technology is most effective and tell all pharmaceutical companies to use that standard.