What seems like good old common sense scored a victory over drug furor last week when a U.S. District Court ruled that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick does not, in fact, outrank the FDA when it comes to deciding which drugs can be sold in Massachusetts.
What's it About?
This squabble was over Zohydro, an opioid pain reliever approved by the FDA in 2013. It is unique in two ways: First, it is the only form of hydrocodone that does not contain acetaminophen, a drug that can cause liver damage when too much is taken. Acetaminophen ("Tylenol") overdose is one of the most common types of poisonings. Second, Zohydro is the only extended-release form of hydrocodone. This is of importance to people who are in constant, around-the-clock pain.