April 16, 2014

No Way, Says Judge

1 MA Governor Fails to Ban FDA-Approved Drug

A federal judge blocked an effort by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to ban Zohydro, a controversial FDA-approved painkiller that many say is highly addictive. In a 5-page order, U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel said Patrick had no right to ban a drug that the FDA deemed safe and effective. Patrick criticized the ruling and said “addiction is a serious enough problem” in his state without having to deal with yet another addictive narcotic. Zohydro is the first drug composed of a pure dose of hydrocodone, enabling patients to take it without risk of liver damage, say proponents. Detractors cite the drug’s addictive properties. The drug’s manufacturer sued the state to get the ban overturned and said the judge’s ruling “was a positive step forward for Massachusetts patients.”

More at Www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Hydrocodone Could Spur More Abuse

Tags: Hydrocodone Drugs, Liver Damage, Opioids, Painkiller Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse, Zohydro, Governor Deval L. Patrick, Judge Rya W. Zobel

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