CORRECTED-Massachusetts bans sale of FDA-approved Zogenix painkiller

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kevgo wrote:

“Rival Purdue Pharma has said it is working on a hydrocodone-only drug that will be resistant to abuse, something Zogenix has also pledged to do.”

Yes.. they have a 120mg (yes 120mg) hydrocodone single-entity using the same ‘abuse deterrent’ as OxyContin which can be circumvented in 5-8 minutes. (Youtube search oxycontin microwave). Now let’s look at Purdue’s ethics:

“OxyContin maker closely guards its list of suspect doctors”

“Purdue’s database, which contains the names of more than 1,800 doctors, could provide leads for investigators at a time when they are increasingly looking at how reckless prescribing of painkillers contributes to addiction and death.”

Or how about..

“In Guilty Plea, OxyContin Maker to Pay $600 Million”

“The company that makes the narcotic painkiller OxyContin and three current and former executives pleaded guilty today in federal court here to criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction and its potential to be abused.”

OxyContin all over again, can’t wait.

I suspect Purdue Pharma, a significant campaign contributor, is behind the scenes. It was evident with their ‘scant’ news release concerning their hydrocodone single-entity with an ‘abuse deterrent’.


Mar 28, 2014 2:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chgofd44 wrote:

Ban hydrocodone, the weakest opiate on the market, while leaving oxymorphone, fentanyl, morphine and methadone available?? None of those meds have tamper-resistance and are many times MORE POTENT, MUCH cheaper and readily available than Zohydro. Makes zero sense. Absolutely none whatsoever. What does this guy want, pain patients to take STRONGER medicines so they can’t work or function in life? There is no alternative to Zohydro for many patients. I have a ruptured C4-5 & C5-6 discs. Fusion=disability, and I cannot function on strong medicines like OxyContin, Opana or others. Are you really trying to protect criminal addicts from themselves over legitimate patients such as myself, who had no choice to be like this?? Absolutely shameful. If these are finding their way to the streets, penalizing people that need them is definitely not the answer

Mar 28, 2014 7:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kevgo wrote:

“Once/if the Purdue product is approved, possibly in 2015, FDA could then rule that Zohydro is not as safe as the abuse-deterrent product and either pull the drug’s approval or ask Zogenix to withdraw it voluntarily,” Rob Smith, an analyst with Capital Alpha Partners, said earlier this week.

What a ludicrous statement. Purdue is making a (up to 120mg!) single-entity hydrocodone using the same abuse-deterrent as OxyContin which can be circumvented in 5 minutes with a microwave (youtube search oxycontin microwave). Purdue is betting on getting Zohydro banned so they can get their ‘new’ oxycontin approved.

Let’s look at Purdue Pharma’s history:

- Intentionally misrepresented OxyContin stating it was less subject to abuse, and less addictive than other medications and was fined 634M in damages.

- Keeps a list of bad doctors who recklessly prescribe OxyContin and other opioids but consciously ‘decides’ to not share with authorities.

- Significant campaign contributor to the Senator’s current supporting the bills to ban the less potent competitor (Zohydro). (

I believe Purdue’s decision to use an ‘abuse-resistance’ formulation which is easily circumvented if very intentional, looking to cash in on addicts.

Zogenix (Zohydro) has taken the high road working on an abuse deterrent which they believe is more effective, providing locking pill bottles, inexpensive safe, external monitoring board including law enforcement, full disclaimers as to the strength of zohydro, etc.. and they are getting slaughtered by politicians and the media.
There is no way any politician involved is in it for any reason other than to line their own pockets or to propel addiction and support the large pharmaceutical companies. Zohydro is an effective and safe medication (if used properly), as agreed to by the FDA advisory board. (read the full transcript).


Mar 29, 2014 8:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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