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FDA approves pure form of painkiller hydrocodone, deemed stronger than Vicodin

Just days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed stricter rules for drugs containing hydrocodone – such as Lortab and Vicodin – to help curb the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse, the agency announced that it has approved a purer form of hydrocodone that is even stronger than other drugs in its class. The FDA approved Zohydro ER to treat pain severe enough to require around-the-clock, long-term treatment. The drug is approved for patients for whom alternative treatment has proved inadequate or ineffective. The FDA did require the drug’s maker, Zogenix, to conduct post marketing studies for Zohydro ER ... Read More

FDA offers new abuse-deterrent guidelines for approving opioid painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on manufacturers who have opioid drugs in the works. The agency has drafted new guidelines for approving new opioids that include what studies should be conducted to demonstrate that a given formulation has abuse-deterrent properties, how those studies will be evaluated by the agency, and what labeling claims may be approved based on the results of those studies. The new recommendation, entitled “Guidance for Industry: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling,” is part of a larger effort on the FDA’s part to prevent prescription drug abuse and misuse. Opioids are powerful ... Read More

Prescription drug abuse deaths skyrocketing

Prescription drug abuse has escalated in recent years, and one place where it is most evident is in Ohio. According to the Department of Health, fatal overdoses in that state more than quadrupled in the last decade, and by 2007 had surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death. Of further concern is another report that showed nearly 10 percent of all babies born in Scioto County, Ohio, tested positive for drugs. Deaths caused by prescription drug abuse exceed those killed by crack cocaine in the 1980s and heroin in the 1970s, combined. This week, the Obama administration ... Read More

Nebraska senator pushes bill to quell abuse of prescription painkillers

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – In 2003, Carrie Howard was in a serious auto accident and was given the powerful painkiller Darvocet to manager her pain. Like many people who used the drug, she became dependent, seeking out new doctors and even dentists to write her more prescriptions for Darvocet. What Carrie and so many people like her never knew is that Darvocet , as well as other drugs containing the active ingredient propoxyphene, had been heavily criticized over the years because of its high dependency and overdose risks. At the young age of 33, Carrie became one of hundreds of people ... Read More

FDA to consider abuse-resistant oxycodone, Remoxy

King Pharmaceuticals Inc., in partnership with Pain Therapeutics Inc., has resubmitted its application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its painkiller Remoxy, touted by the manufacturer as being an abuse-resistant version of OxyContin. The FDA had previously delayed approval of the drug until it had more proof that Remoxy is less addictive. Remoxy is a treatment for moderate to severe chronic pain and is intended to meet the needs of physicians who prescribe opioid painkillers and want to minimize risks of drug diversion, abuse or accidental patient misuse. The drug is used to treat pain by slowly releasing ... Read More