Newly Approved Opioid 10 Times Stronger Than Fentanyl

Dsuvia opioid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new opioid painkiller that is 10 times stronger than fentanyl, USA Today reports.

The drug, Dsuvia, is also 1,000 times more potent than morphine. It will be restricted to limited use only in health care settings, such as hospitals, emergency rooms and surgery centers. Dsuvia comes in tablet form, in a single-use package.

Critics say the drug could fuel the opioid epidemic. While an FDA advisory committee recommended approval of Dsuvia last month, the committee’s chair voiced his opposition, HealthDay reports. Dr. Raeford Brown, a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at the University of Kentucky, urged the FDA to reject the opioid.

“I am very disappointed with the decision of the agency to approve Dsuvia. This action is inconsistent with the charter of the agency,” Brown said. “I will continue to hold the agency accountable for their response to the worst public health problem since the 1918 influenza epidemic.”

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    Brian

    April 24, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    I agree 100% I had my first back surgery at the age of 36. After my surgery they put me on 5mg Hydrocodone for 2 weeks. I was still experiencing pain in my legs and feet. The doctors said i had a recurrence and the fix was a second surgery. After doing six weeks of P.T. I still had lower back,leg,and feet pain. The doctors said i had scar tissue from the surgeries. I then meet with a pan management doctor who put me on methadone. After 8 years later at the age of 45 (2011) I had my third back surgery. after the surgery i still was having problems withe my lower back and was diagnoses with degenerative disc disease.I went back to using methadone to control the pain in 2018 i was taking 270mg a day. My primary doctor said the FDA was cracking down on the use of methadone so he slowly weened me off the methadone and replaced it with fentanyl patch a year later the doctor said the FDA was cracking down on fentanyl patch. The FDA approves these drugs but you have to be80 years old and on your death bed to get help. I say let the doctors be doctors. The FDA is more worried about the abuser then the people who have constant pain.

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    Joseph Ellis pereira

    April 15, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    I’m a 28 year old with complex regional pain disorder and it hurts me to say but I concur with above comment.

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    Robert C Bogle

    March 28, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    I am a 57 year old full blooded American who has worked my @$$ off all my life. I have spent many years dealing with specialist for a multitude of ailments. Including ulcerative colitis, chronic arthritis, copd, and a debilitating cyst on my spine from a previous disk injury. I spent 15 years with specialist to no avail! I met by accident a cognsiere medical doctor who listened and studied my case. He read through years of reports and approached me with a possible solution. He placed me on opiates and I will be damned if I have not been completely symptom free for almost 12 years. It stopped all of it and I mean all of it. So to “Hell” with those people sitting in plush offices who think they know what is going on out here. And damn them for destroying my life. I am not a vindictive person but I pray they acquire some severely chronic pain and are told by a Dr. “Sorry you are going to have to learn to live with it!”

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