Hearing in Harrisburg on prescription drug, Zohydro

zohhydroIn Harrisburg, there will be a Human Services Hearing on the prescription drug, Zohydro at 10AM Tuesday.

Republican State Representative Gene Digirolamo, from Bucks County wants to add the pain killer to the Schedule 1 List of controlled substances.

Under Pennsylvania law, Schedule 1 Drugs have the highest rate for potential abuse and no known medical use, such as heroin.

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the drug.

Massachusetts attempted to ban the powerful painkiller, but a federal judge issued an injunction April 15th, saying the state could not ban a federally approved drug.

5 comments

  • PAPETEBMD

    Do you ever research information before publishing or is open mouth insert foot common practice? Zohydro ER has not been banned in Massachusetts.

  • Jarod

    Good job FOX Affiliate… bold faced lies… Court ruled states cannot ban FDA approved drugs.

  • Concerned

    Do you not FACT CHECK? REALLY? The Judge ruled the ban in Massachusetts was unconstitutional WEEKS ago, states cannot ban FDA approved drugs. As for medical merit, your clear oblivion to what journalism is all about is a disgrace when you fail to present any contradictory facts to the statement ‘no known medical use.’ Zohydro IS the ONLY hydrocodone pain med that is single entity, thus acetaminophen free AND NON-LIVER-TOXIC, unlike ALL OTHER common forms of hydrocodone know as Vicodin, Lortab and other generic hydrocodone medications-which can be devastating to the liver. With 100 million suffering from chronic pain, and 30 MILLION with liver disease, this medication has CLEAR medical merit. Get your facts straight…following are some links to educate.

    http://www.zogenix.com/content/viewpoints/zohydrohttp://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/Informationby

  • George

    Zohydro is less likely to cause an overdose than the regular Norco because Zohydro is released over a 12hr period and Norco is a fast acting breakthrough pain reliever. Take 5 Norco 10/325 and it all hits your system at the same time thus the overdose. 1 50mg Zohydro takes 12hrs to do that.
    Now if someone does not use it right like anything else on the market and od's that's their fault not the law abiding pain suffers that use the medication as prescribed. All this hysteria and no knowledge is typical from elected officials.
    I say make it illegal for drug companies to combine the liver killing acetaminophen or anything else with a hydrocodone pain reliever. That would fix everything going forward.

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