Failure. Death. Addiction.
That’s what the FDA has come to stand for in my mind. So I can only hope that their latest movement towards re-categorizing hydrocodone as a Schedule II drug (in 2014) sticks, and actually happens, and that it has the effect on the diversion of prescription drugs into the recreational market.
So, the FDA up-schedules hydrocodone, finally, after years of being told they needed to do this, and the next day they approve Zohydro, which their own panel of doctors rejected 11-1 nine months ago.
I was at the Zohydro hearing. Zohydro is uncut, unaltered, no mechanism in place for tamper resistence and they approve this drug that was voted down 11-1 by their own doctor panel. Here’s an article with more about Zohydro.The timing is bizarre.
FDA STAMP OF APPROVAL?
What is wrong with a system that takes spinach off the shelf if someone gets sick but approves this drug?
“I don’t call it an epidemic any more; I call it a pandemic,” says my November 12 Afflicted by Addiction guest, Learn To Cope activist and lighting rod Joanne Peterson. “One kid dies from a mosquito and it’s a disaster, but we’ve had 3000 people in the small state of Massachusetts die from drug abuse.” There are Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about West Nile Virus daily; every news reporter is standing out there next to a swamp, trying to raise awareness about this mosquito-borne illness. But the danger pales in comparison to drug deaths. Parents don’t understand the seriousness of this issue.
PSAs should be going on to let the public know about the disaster of drug abuse in our country. Across the entire country. In every community.
The corruption is knee deep; why else would this be going on?
FDA still hasn’t approved Naloxone– a drug that is an emergency save for someone who is overdosing. It is saving lives, but there is no push to get it to the next level.
Come on FDA.