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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.

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5 Comments to “Hearing in Harrisburg on prescription drug, Zohydro”

    PAPETEBMD said:
    May 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

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

    Jarod said:
    May 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

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

    Concerned said:
    May 6, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    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

    cliff cali said:
    May 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    You sir, the author Roy Pickens is an idiot. That is all.

    George said:
    May 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    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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