#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – September 24 – Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration’s top official to step down, saying the agency’s policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.
‘ Zohydro FDA Approved Against Medical Advice ‘
In a letter released Wednesday, more than a dozen groups ask the Obama administration’s top health official to replace FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who has led the agency since 2009.
The FDA has been under fire from public health advocates, politicians and law enforcement officials since last October, when it approved a powerful new painkiller called Zohydro against the recommendation of its own medical advisers.
#AceHealthNews says according to latest news from RT a new painkiller set to hit the market in March is coming under heavy fire from doctors and lawmakers warning of its powerful ability to kill.
Although the opiate Zohydro was ultimately approved by the US Food and Drug administration, that endorsement went against the recommendation given by the agency’s own advisory panel.
The panel voted 11 – 2 against approving the drug, but the FDA argued its availability is necessary to help patients un-fazed by current medication.
The new drug has not become available yet, but a group of more than 40 doctors is hoping to pre-empt its release by urging the FDA to reconsider its decision.
According to the letter penned by the doctors, Zohydro is five to 10 times stronger than its nearest equivalent, Vicodin, and has the potential to cause a severe rise in overdose deaths.
The doctors warned that the drug could potentially kill an individual after taking only two Zohydro capsules.
A child, meanwhile, could suffer a fatal overdose from just one pill.
#ANS2014 & RT