New Drug Causes Outrage

Doctors and addiction experts urge the FDA to revoke approval of Zohydro.
3:00 | 03/01/14

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Medical -- developing this evening involving a new and potent painkiller the drug about to hit the market is -- -- Hydro. But many are now asking is it even needed and did the FDA ignore warnings by approving it here's ABC's -- -- tonight. Tonight dozens of doctors and addiction experts are up in arms urging the FDA in a letter to revoke its approval of what they call a new dangerous high dose drug cold -- Hydro we York. Straight Hydro code -- -- can have up to ten times more narcotic then bike -- -- when you pack this amount of -- narcotic to a single pill that's -- very easy for somebody to overdose and die from it. The FDA's own advisory committee voted eleven to two against approving the drug. But the agency did it anyway. The concern is listed right on the drug's prescribing literature. Accidental consumption of even one dose of still high -- are especially by children can result in respiratory depression and death. Due to an overdose of Hydro Cotto. The FDA says so Hydro should be reserved for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are ineffective not tolerated or would be otherwise inadequate and the drug's manufacturer says there is a documented patient need. For an extended release Hydro code own medicine without a seat an -- We remain confident the measures we have proposed to support safe use of -- -- we York. And the FDA is requiring more studies to look at the risks of abuse addiction and death with long term use. And David it hits the market the small -- anymore questions on this -- thank you.

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