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Massachusetts Details Ban on Painkiller Zohydro


BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health regulators have sent a letter to doctors and other health care providers outlining the decision to ban the prescribing and dispensing of the painkiller Zohydro.

The Public Health Council approved the ban last week after Gov. Deval Patrick declared a public health emergency in response to the state’s growing epidemic of heroin overdoses and opioid addiction.

Zohydro is a single-ingredient hydrocodone drug recently approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Patrick said he fears the pill could add to Massachusetts’ spike in overdose deaths.

The letter dated March 31 explains that doctors cannot write Zohydro prescriptions to be filled in other states and cannot order the drug for patients in hospitals or extended care facilities.

San Diego-based Zogenix, which makes Zohydro, has criticized the ban, saying it will add to patient suffering.

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  • Graffiti Forensics

    Kidnapping kids, however, is perfectly fine.

  • Bill

    “San Diego-based Zogenix, which makes Zohydro, has criticized the ban, saying it will add to patient suffering.”

    What lies. Oxy is NOT a pain killer, it just gets you so high you don’t care about the pain. People who take it are junkies for the buzz. This crap is just purified heroin.

    • alpinequeen

      Wrong again, it’s a narcotic analgesic. An analgesic is a pain killer. Put your brain in gear before you open your mouth. It’s derived from codeine, not heroin, which in the body is converted (heroin) to morphine.

  • Bill

    Oral surgeons and dentists are the biggest offenders. They give out this crap for a minor toothache, repeatedly and continuously even if you object. The oral clown from Baystate REFUSED to prescribe me anything else even though any kind of Oxy or Codeine make me very ill. The jerk said “take these, or advil, that’s all I’m giving you.”, and that was for major surgery.