FDA approves abuse-deterrent form of controversial painkiller

November 21, 2014 1:33 AM

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FDA approves abuse-deterrent form of controversial painkiller

The Food and Drug Administration, which last year faced widespread criticism when it approved a powerful painkiller that critics said would be easy to misuse, on Thursday approved a new form of the drug that will be hard to crush, break or dissolve -- common tactics for people trying to ingest large amounts quickly by snorting or injecting the drug.

Hysingla ER, like its controversial predecessor Zohydro ER, is composed of a dose of pure hydrocodone, the main ingredient in the painkiller Vicodin. The FDA noted Thursday that its deterrence features are "expected to reduce, but not totally prevent" abuse of the drug.

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