Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New FDA-Approved Painkiller Can Cause Death – Are You Taking It?

New FDA-Approved Painkiller Can Cause Death - Are You Taking It? 

Last fall, the U.S. Drug and Food Administration (FDA) gave the green light to a strong opiate called Zohydro. By doing so, the agency went against the recommendation of one of its own advisory committees, which is fairly unusual. In March 2014, the drug hit the market amidst strong objections that it could trigger a disastrous spike in overdoses and deaths. A powerful group of doctors, lawyers and addiction specialists petitioned against the drug’s release, and some states took a stand against its availability to the public. This is yet another incident that raises questions about the FDA’s priorities and its commitment to health and safety.

We’ve already written in the past that the FDA doesn’t know what in your food and about the fact that it approved a potentially carcinogenic toothpaste. This is just one more case where the FDA approves a potentially deadly substance.

Zohydro is a type of narcotic pain medication, made by Zogenix, a San Diego company. It’s marketed as a painkiller that is intended for the management of severe chronic pain that requires round-the-clock opioid treatment. There are other such drugs on the market already, such as Vicodin and Vicoprofen, but Zohydro’s manufacturer claims that their drug is unique, as it contains only hydrocodone. Vicodin, for example, includes hydrocodone plus acetaminophen, and two thirds of deaths from overdoses are attributed to medications that include hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

The opponents strongly disagree with Zogenix’s reasoning. They point out that there are many other acetaminophen-free opioids already on the market, so there is no need for another drug. Zohydro is five to ten times stronger than Vicodin, and there are a lot of dangers that come with such potency. The doctors who urged the FDA to reconsider their decision wrote that Zohydro could potentially kill an individual after taking only two capsules. If the drug was taken by a child, one capsule would be enough to cause death.

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