December 26, 2011

Zohydro Is More Powerful

1 New Hydrocodone Could Spur More Abuse

Zohydro, a more pure and powerful hydrocodone drug, could be available in early 2013, but addiction experts warn it could cause a new wave of abuse. Four companies are testing the drug, but Zogenix in San Diego may be the first to bring it to market. According to MSNBC, the drug, which contains up to 10 times the amount of hydrocodone available in Vicodin, would not contain acetaminophen, an ingredient in Vicodin. While the companies hoping to market the drug say that it would be beneficial since it won't carry liver risks linked with acetaminophen, abuse experts say the time-released drug can be crushed for an immediate, intense high. Drug companies say that patients will have to return to their doctors before each refill.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: ADHD in Kids Increases Risk of Drug Abuse Later On

Tags: Drug Abuse Trends, More Pure Hydrocodone, New Form Hydrocodone, Vicodin Addiction, Zohydro, Zogenix

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Can Government Keep This Secret?

2 Clues to H5N1 Mutations in Lab Kept Secret

Details of experiments in which H5N1, also known as bird flu, was mutated so it could easily pass from mammal to mammal will be kept under wraps by the two labs, one in the Netherlands and the other in the U.S., who performed them. Normally, bird to human transmission has been rare, but highly fatal (50 percent) when it occurs. There is the obvious concern that the knowledge could be used by bioterrorists but some researchers believe that the technique and infrastructure needed to recreate the experiments would make such a threat unlikely. Some believes that it may make the U.S. look like it is hiding important health information but researchers with the proper credentials will be able to obtain the complete details of the experiments.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Modified Chickens Won't Spread Bird Flu

Tags: H5N1, Mutations, Bird Flu, Avian Flu, Scientific Research, Viral, Mammal to Mammal Transmission

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