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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    January 11, 2019 at 5:47 AM

    Pain medications are needed. Do you stop cars from being used because too many drunk drivers and illegal drunk drivers kill people ? NO, you punish the abusers and law breakers. A new pain medication used only in hospitals seems useful. If you suffer a chronic painful illness you are exploited by the medical community. Dr. Raeford Brown is probably trying to gain some type of political favor by opposing Dsuvia. Some people have a natural resistance to pain medications such as morphine. Dsuvia may help. Chronic pain is chronic torture only to deny a patient some type of reliefe due to an opioid crisis. This “crisis” is due to illegal street drugs that contain small amounts of fentanyl which kill. Patients under doctors care rarely abuse their medications. A pill taken 20 years ago on the street was harmless but now they can kill. Dr. Raeford Brown would be the first person to take pain medications if he suffered a chronic, painful condition. It is cheaper to get street drugs for pain than go to doctors exploiting you like an animal. The fact is some people want to have some meaning and productivity in life and “opioids (pain medications) help. The crisis is that doctors are not treating pain and street drugs are unsafe because fentanyl causes death in amounts as small as a few grains of salt. Fentanyl is the problem, not legitimate chronic pain patients. This is also a way to start controlling what medications doctors prescribe. It will slowly expand as paper pushers take over the medical profession.

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    Ron P’wich

    December 19, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Spend 40 or 50 years living with pain. Spend your life wearing your body down so you can honorably feed your family. Be accused and looked upon as a common pusher and refused a needed medication because you fall into a group who abuse and sell these chemicals. Do this and more and be told to “man up” or be told your required pharmacy will never have that med because of the of and theft liability. So do these things and suck it up and you might get a pass for dispatching yourself after 30 or 40 years of pain and have them call it “the easy way out” I have just two words to answer that, and they are certainly not “Happy Birthday”

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