Four pharmaceutical companies have nearly finished creating a powerful new painkilling medicine made of pure hydrocodone that addiction experts warn could set off a new addiction epidemic if it wins U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. Hydrocodone, better known as Vicodin, is currently the most commonly prescribed and the second most widely abused prescription drug in the United States behind OxyContin. However, hydrocodone is currently available only as part of a compound that includes the non-addictive painkiller acetaminophen. The new form of pure hydrocodone in development would be ten times more potent than the kind already on the market. According ... Read More
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