Warning: New pain-killer hits the market
A new pain killer has hit the market, but Village Pharmacy and Rocky Point Pharmacy do not plan to stock this medication. The hydrocodone-based drug, Zohydro, is the latest in a long line of pain killers called opioid analgesics. The FDA approved the medication last fall to treat chronic pain.
Quoting from a recent CNN article, “…the FDA posted a statement on its website that it has become increasingly concerned about the abuse and misuse of opioid products, which have sadly reached epidemic proportions in certain parts of the United States.” Then the next day, the FDA approved it — which was very confusing. Dr. Kolodny of the Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing said the approval was “shocking, outrageous and genuinely frightening”.
This new drug is about five times stronger than other similar pain killers and many doctors have petitioned against it. We agree that it is formulated to be easily abused and we feel it will lead to more deaths. If your doctor prescribes this medication for you, we will look at it on a case-by-case basis whether or not to fill it for you.
Our priority is to the health and well-being of our customers and our community as a whole.
To read more of the CNN article, visit: https://www.cnn.com/2014/02/26/health/zohydro-approval/