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23:11 // 11 months ago
December 8, 2012

FDA panel votes against recommending Zohydro for approval

  • 11 - 2FDA advisory committee vote against recommending a new high-strength painkiller, Zohydro, for approval in March. The drug consists of hydrocodone bitartrate, which regulators fear could become a popular alternative for addicts of opiate painkillers — painkiller abuse accounts for 75% of overdose deaths in the United States. Conversely, the drug’s effect might indeed help some people — it’s intended to provide constant, slow-release relief to those in constant pain, without the use of acetaminophen, which can lead to liver damage with overuse. source
16:45 // 1 year ago
December 27, 2011
Zohydro, a super-powered (and addictive) painkiller?
High-strength painkiller sparks addiction concerns: A new prescription painkiller currently in development has stoked fears among addiction experts, due to its high concentration of a substance already known to be hyper-addictive. Zohydro, a new medication for which pharmaceutical company Zogenix plans to apply for FDA approval to sell sometime early next year, contains ten times the amount of hydrocodone as Vicodin does — one of the most abused drugs in the United States. Said April Rovero, of the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse: “I have a big concern that this could be the next OxyContin. We just don’t need this on the market.” (photo by The Javorac on Flickr) source
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High-strength painkiller sparks addiction concerns: A new prescription painkiller currently in development has stoked fears among addiction experts, due to its high concentration of a substance already known to be hyper-addictive. Zohydro, a new medication for which pharmaceutical company Zogenix plans to apply for FDA approval to sell sometime early next year, contains ten times the amount of hydrocodone as Vicodin does — one of the most abused drugs in the United States. Said April Rovero, of the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse: “I have a big concern that this could be the next OxyContin. We just don’t need this on the market.” (photo by The Javorac on Flickr) source

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15:53 // 2 years ago
September 29, 2011

Flyin’ no more: Boeing plant targeted in prescription drug bust

  • 23 people were arrested for selling painkillers such as Oxycontin, or anti-anxiety drugs, at the plant
  • 14 people were arrested for attempting to buy said drugs at the plant in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania source

» More serious due to nature of the job: With the 6,000-strong plant producing such military aircraft as the V-22 Osprey vertical take-off aircraft and the H-47 Chinook helicopter, officials took extra care with this drug ring. ”This investigation and prosecution focused not only on the sellers, but also on the users because of the critical role that these employees play in manufacturing military aircraft,” noted U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. Officials say that the quality of the aircraft was not affected by the drug ring, and that current and former employees were arrested.

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22:13 // 2 years ago
April 28, 2011

The DEA will take those prescription drugs off your hands

  • problem Painkiller addiction is a big problem in America. The CDC says in 2007, around 12,000 people died of opioid overdose. There’s an environmental cost as well; unused drugs are often flushed down the toilet into water systems.
  • solution? Police departments and the DEA are trying to combat this with “National Take Back Day” this April 30th, wherein you can safely, cleanly unload unwanted prescription drugs at a number of sites, searchable here. source

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12:47 // 3 years ago