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Zohydro - Will It Get Released?

Steve Wagner

Zohydro is back in the news as orders have been shipped out to pharmacies across the country in preparation for its release. In the previous story we ran, we covered the harsh criticisms of this drug, as skeptics are saying it will lead to a much higher rate of prescription drug abuse and addiction.

As the only pure-hydrocodone pill on the market, Zohydro is said to be as much as five to 10 times stronger than any other prescription opioid in existence, leading critics to believe it will increase dependence and addiction rates. As a single-ingredient pill, Zohydro differs from other opioids which have anti-addictive properties (even with these properties, we have seen how prescription drug addiction has affected the populous), and supposedly decrease the likelihood of substance abuse.

Zohydro’s manufacturer, Zogenix, is working to assemble a review panel, the first of its kind, to monitor use and abuse of the drug post-release. Zogenix says the panel will be able to view usage statistics for all categories, ranging from prescribers to abusers, and report any significant changes in the market after the drug is circulating.

The problem with this format is that reviews of this nature should be done thoroughly, well before the release of any drug. Not only should these reviews have been completed already, but the review panel Zogenix is assembling is one comprised of men and women who are either on their payroll, or who have done consultant work other major drug manufacturers. Criticism is arising for this format, saying that any review completed at this point will not be unbiased, as those performing it are receiving their paychecks from Zogenix and not an independent source.

The Indiana Attorney General is partnering with several other states to raise awareness for the campaign to take this drug off the market. You can visit Indiana’s Government website for more information on how to assist with this campaign.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a bad prescription mix or an adverse drug reaction, give the drug injury lawyers at Wagner Reese a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.

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