Potent, Pure Form of Hydrocodone still being Considered for Market
The FDA will have to make a decision soon on whether the newest prescription medication called Zohydro should be allowed to hit the market or not. It is the pure form of hydrocodone, which is in drugs like Vicodin, but this new form contains about 10 times more of the very addictive ingredients than drugs like Vicodin. Some companies are claiming that it is necessary to put it on the market because it will help lower the risk for liver damage due to the long term use of drugs containing acetaminophen. Drug companies are hoping to have it on the market by 2013.
It has not received federal approval yet, but the drug is causing a lot of concern for officials. Law enforcement agencies predict that it will cause another wave of abuse, crime, and overdose. The state and federal legislature is concerned as well. In February, the Senate passed a bill written by state senator John Keenan, D-Quincy, that requires doctors to participate in state programs that monitor prescriptions and reveal the people who are getting multiple prescriptions filled from different doctors. The bill is currently in the House.
U.S. Representative William Keating, D-Quincy, recently filed legislation that demands more prescription medications, specifically the new pure form of hydrocodone, to be tamper-resistant to make them harder to crush in order to be snorted or injected.
Senator Keenan stated, “I think there’s still potential for abuse. It’s very powerful and addictive.”
I, myself, think he is correct. How can this drug not cause problems? Drug companies have tried to prevent the abuse of other forms of drugs already out there and users have found ways around it. If you just browse through some online forums, you will be shocked by some of the elaborate techniques users have created to get around this “tamper-proof” form. Despite these efforts to prevent abuse, I just cannot believe the FDA is possibly considering the release of this new drug. I feel that the other prescription medications already on the market are reeking havoc on our society and it does not seem that our government has been able to get control once these drugs hit the streets. If they denied the release of this very addictive substance, then they would be making a real effort to prevent abuse.
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