New pain pill's approval: 'Genuinely frightening'

February 26, 2014 12:51 PM

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New pain pill's approval: 'Genuinely frightening'

A coalition of more than 40 health care, consumer and addiction treatment groups is urging the Food and Drug Administration to revoke approval of the prescription drug Zohydro.

The hydrocodone-based drug is the latest in a long line of painkillers called opioid analgesics. The FDA approved the medication last fall to treat chronic pain, and it is set to become available to patients in March.

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