FDA Chief Defends Approval of Painkiller

March 14, 2014 6:33 PM

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The head of the Food and Drug Administration says that the much-debated painkiller Zohydro fills an "important and unique niche" for treating pain.

Margaret Hamburg defended her agency's decision to clear the drug during questioning before the Senate's committee on health, saying that the pill from Zogenix Inc. met the government's standards for safety and effectiveness.

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