By David Mittleman

FDA Approval of New Painkiller Causes Uproar

A coalition of 40 healthcare, consumers and addiction treatment groups are crying out over the FDA’s approval of a potent new painkiller known as Zohydro. Zohydro, like many other prescription painkillers, contains hydrocodone and can become extremely addictive. The FDA approved the drug last year, but it is set to become available to consumers next month. Given reports from the Centers for Disease Control that prescription opioid deaths have quadrupled since 1999, concern over the availability of Zohydro seems appropriate and timely.

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