AND IT STILL SURFACES IN THE NEWS….DOES OUR REGULATORY AGENCIES HAVE A SUDDEN CASE OF THE “STUPIDS”-????
The FDA gave the thumbs up for Zohydro™ (hydrocodone bitartrate) even though an FDA panel recommended against approval. In addition, politicians in almost 40 states tried to get the FDA to rescind approval. Why? The drug belongs to a class of pain medications called the opioids. These drugs caused death in almost 17,000 people in the US during 2010 which was a 400% increase in mortality from these types of analgesics since 1999. Something isn’t working correctly to keep these drugs out of the wrong hands.
Zohydro™ contains hydrocodone which is the same ingredient in Vicodin™ (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen). The only difference is that Vicodin™ also contains acetaminophen (Tylenol™) which can lead to permanent liver damage and death.
Zohydro’s™ claim to fame is that it’s safer since it doesn’t contain any acetaminophen. Wrong! It will cause the same addiction and a new payroll stream for drug diversion to buyers…
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