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'Frightening' New Pain Pill Set To Hit Pharmacies

'Frightening' New Pain Pill Set To Hit Pharmacies

A new painkiller approved by the Food and Drug Administration is scheduled to be available to patients next month - but it seems not without a fight. Opponents of the pill call its potency frightening and say it will begin killing people as soon as it's released.

"Over 40 health care consumer and addiction treatment groups want the FDA to revoke its approval of Zohydo, a hydrocodone-based drug. Zohydro was approved for treating chronic pain, but the coalition is concerned about the drug's potency and abuse potential,' WWLP reports.

A petition on Change.org calls Zohydro "the next OxyContin."

On Wednesday, the Fed Up! Coalition wrote a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg saying, "In the midst of a severe drug epidemic fueled by overprescribing of opioids, the very last thing the country needs is a new, dangerous, high-dose opioid."

In December, members of Congress sent a similar letter to the FDA, asking for the decision to be reviewed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of opioid-related deaths more than quadrupled from 1999 to 2010.

But CNN has a statement from the executive vice president and chief medical officer at Zogenix, the maker of Zohydro, who argues the benefits outweigh the risks.

"We do not expect the introduction of Zohydro ER (extended release) to increase the overall use of opioids. ... In fact, prescription data from the last five years shows that total use of ER opioids is constant and independent of new entrants to the market."

Last October the FDA upgraded hydrocodone-containing drugs from a Schedule 3 to Schedule 2 controlled substance, "which would increase the controls on these products." Schedule 1 are drugs considered to have the highest potential for abuse.

The change could be one reason the FDA is confident Zohydro will not contribute to the so-called epidemic.

Zohydro's label will feature warnings about abuse, misuse and addiction. The drug's makers are reportedly working on an abuse-resistant version expected to be released in the next few years.

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iolanda claudia February 27 2014 at 12:18 AM

If a person's wants to abuse whatever to get high, they will find any substance thats in their reach from glue to bath salts.Its sad what our nation has come down too.Government need to sell these pharmaceutical drugs to make money and kill lives.Knowing the dangers of this new oxycodein, I plan to stay far away even if my dr tries to prescribe it to me.No way in hell.......

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mikey44go February 26 2014 at 10:42 PM

drug will be approved -then abused -- then we'll see 1-800-lawyer commercials , seeking damages from side affects-- // Big Pharma knows the playbook

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Cindy February 26 2014 at 10:47 PM

People against this drug have obviously never had to live with chronic pain.

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GCooper402 Cindy February 26 2014 at 10:59 PM

Cindy you areexactly right I am on pain management and live with pain 24 hours a day I am scared to get something real strong because I like to know whats going on around me, I am on tylenol #4 they wanted to give me loritabs I said no if something is to strong it makes me want to barf and not be able to drive so you cant win for losing, people just dont realize just how badpain can be unless they are in out shoes,

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marshallg February 26 2014 at 10:48 PM

Tell the patients the risks and benefits, and let the patients decide.

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Gammapat February 26 2014 at 10:49 PM

Every time I read an article about the dangers of prescription drug abuse I get furious. Do you realize how difficult you abusers make it for those of us who really need the medications? I have suffered chronic pain syndrome for over 30 years. I have tried everything from surgery to spinal cord stimulators, but I still need high doses of pain pills just to be able to function. Every time I have to change doctors (due to moving) the first thing they do is cut my medications in half. The last one said to me "I'm not going to lose my license just so you can be comfortable". I have had my medications stolen by "best friends". Isn't my life bad enough, living in constant pain without all of you judgmental people making it worse?

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godeb2 Gammapat February 26 2014 at 11:20 PM

All you have to do is look at the "mothers" of the idiot kids who take the drugs. They have created this generation of idiot kids, while they and their kids live in a "Cell Phone, computer" world. The let their kids get run over at the beach while they don't watch them and it is the citys fault. They are out partying with their girl friends and not monitoring their children as they are not taught biblical values anymore. I have been on pain meds for 17 years as I was born with severe feet deformities and spinal stenosis and levo scholiosis. Have raised 2 college grads with MBA's and they have never smoked or taken drugs, why??? Raised responsivally by a mother that taught them right from wrong. Also I spent my time and energy with my children and explained the side affects of taking drugs and they saw the bleeding disorder I developed from taking asprin, and all other NSAID's. Plus bleeding ulcers.

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rmcgo28716 February 26 2014 at 10:53 PM

good bye to responsible use of pain medications to treat chronic pain. It seems that big brother is determined to govern every step of our lives . First the removal of privacy & now pain medication.
I suffer from chronic back pain caused by bulging discs & other problems some of which I cannot even pronounce. I am under the care of a wonderful pain management doctor at New York City's MT Sinai hospital. We use a variety of treatments which all work wonderfully but simply put the damage to my back & neck does require the use of pain medication like percocet or Vicodin. WHen I walk into the pharmacy CVS being the worst & present my prescriptions they look at me as if I am a threat to society & treat me with utter disdain the implication being I am taking these meds just for kicks. Had a really bad experience recently again at CVS Xmas 23rd 2014 when some Asian pharmacist started shouting across the room in front of everyone in the store that I was too early for my medication & that it was not due until the 30th of December. FIrst of I was mortified that my medical info should be out there for all to hear & the name of the medications I was taking was also aired. SImply put I felt lousy , abused, & basically treated like a second class human being. It was not until I returned home & checked my medication records that I realized I was indeed entitled to my medication that day & in fact I was a couple of days late not early. SHe had not even bothered to check it . She took one look at me & made her mind up. I was a bum an opiate addict out to score my drugs . I called the pharmacy back & spoke with a different pharmacist as the Asian girl had gone home for the day. He apologized which was like a breath of fresh air & told me he could not understand why she would do such a thing. He would be glad to fill it but no longer had the medication in stock and as it was Xmas it may take a while. If there is anyone out there who has been treated like this please speak out here on this page. ALso if anyone from CVS is reading CVS Store 72nd Street Manhattan East side I would like to take this further. I went without my medication prescribed by my doctor because of her awful hatefulness and disregard. Our rights are being stripped away from us & we have to fight back. I wish you all the best . Best always Robert H. McGowan.

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Jomstead31 rmcgo28716 February 26 2014 at 11:39 PM

I agree with you. I have not had trouble with a pharmacy, but I have been seen by different providers who freaked out at the meds that my back specialist put me on and which I only take when needed. Just because I need strong meds sometime, does not make me (or others like me) a menace to society. They dispense pain meds like candy to cancer patients, but severe back pain or severe migraines so bad you can't form coherent sentences (the kinds of things that land you in the ER barfing up your guts or brought in on a stretcher) should be a clue that strong meds might really be justified. Especially when they are prescribed by a specialist and you have to have a driver just to get around!! Sometimes this idiots are wearing the scrubs or behind the counter. Not everyone is a drug seeker. If I could have a surgery that would give me my life back, I'd be on that table NOW. But I can't because they can't fix my problems at least not yet - medical science is getting close, but not yet, so for now I have to cope and making me and others like you and I feel like we are some low squiggly life form is unjust.

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gobbi141 rmcgo28716 February 27 2014 at 1:07 AM

I feel your pain! I have been treated the same way at a pharmacy in Florida while I was on vacation. I have spinal bifada which is no one's business but my own and my Doctors. I take my pain meds when I need them not evn every day. Some days I'm good and some days I can't get out of bed. But what they are doing to us with real chroinic pain is a disgrace. Obviously I am being monitored and I have no problem with that. I just do not want to be denied my meds. I have never abused and if I had my Doctor would pick right up on it. It was Publix that did this to me. But I hear CVS is terrible to people who take narcotics. Who are they to judge? It's terrible! I have a good pharmacist at home in Mass. Plus I have a good Doctor also. I have had five back operations and a in operable tumor on my spine. Why would you deny me? Why would you embarrass me? Again, it is just not fair for those who really need it for chronic pain. Stop making us look like junkies/ I have even gone to the papers at home. We need to fight for what we have a right to have to help with every day life. What a shame that we need to go through all of this. So I hear you!

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tony February 27 2014 at 6:03 AM

This pain killer is cheap and it works best when you do not abuse it , and people who don't know pain I mean real pain are the ones making these rules and laws and this is like guns a honest gun buyer get more rules and the abusers go to other drugs and leave everyone with paying a doctor more out of pocket money, ten dollars a month gets change to one hundred eighty when the visit to the doctor.
So like always those who really don't know pain are making rules that cost more!

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Dawdy Info Hwy February 26 2014 at 11:01 PM

Tell your kids to keep their mouth closed and not OD on it... cause that's who is getting ahold of this crap.

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B Dawdy Info Hwy February 26 2014 at 11:25 PM

Better yet, keep your meds locked up!

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kpamesa February 26 2014 at 11:01 PM

Seems that the idiots in Washington think they're smarter than doctors and at the same time kowtow to the pharmaceutical houses simply for the MONEY they can score for campaigns. Most of the time I wonder how we can get the government out of our everyday lives....but then I wonder exactly how this country would function, given the fact that everyone seems to think they have the "right" without accepting any responsibility.

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doug February 26 2014 at 11:03 PM

So now we are harming folks who might benefit from this painkiller in order to keep drug addicts protected. Bull. Those addicts first make a choice to use drugs, they don't need protection they need responsibility.

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