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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    Juliana

    March 10, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    I am one more in the growing list of people who are being cut back. I have been on opiods for 4 years, it took over 8 years to decide and go through physical theropy to get to the level and combination of medications that worked. I was so excited when i was able to work again! I had sold everything that i had and lost my home during the time it took to get the relief. Out of nowhere one day the pain clinic took 30- 30mg morphine! Next month came again another 30- 30mg morphine cut! I was in bed for 2 weeks screaming in pain. My friend rushed me to Summit hospital in show low az they treated me like a criminal off the street, no relief nothing to help me…they sent me home.The next month st the clinic i was crying and begging not to cut anymore, my doctor Nancy Sunshine walked out of the exzam room leaving me gasping for air. You cant cry when on oxegeon it plugs the breathing tubes. I could not believe she just walked out, never sent anyone to check on me. I changed doctors but i am still being cut back. They took HALF of my meds in 5 months! My blood pressure is 186 over 105. My body cant handle the pain. I have started a congressional inquiry with the local congressman. Look there is no easy answer, i to will take myself off the planet, i am running out of time!! Everyone document your issues, report it to your local congressman’s office. Stand up and fight!! Fight it to the end. Politicians have no business in the medical field.

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    A.T.

    March 8, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Ronald, you are obviously not a chronic pain patient with an incurable disease that is destroying your body every week, month year, even taking the latest standard of care designer medicines for that disease prescribed by the specialist whom you go to to be treated and seen. I am. You have no right to even weigh in with the ignorance you display by your comments. Not to mention, the compassion of a rock.
    Watch as they start cutting off your feet, then legs … starting with the left and then the right. And that is just a small part of the daily progression and battle many of us fight, the pain, unbearable to live many days. But is there an alternative? Really? For thousands of years before Christ every civilization in the world knew and used opiates for pain relief. It always worked and it always will. But if the medical community is going to take it away, what are they replacing it with. We will take it. Please, anything. But you see Ronald, we all know. We live these lives. You, are clueless, such a shame … and you pop off with such a callus, judgemental quirp, like you care about the greater good. Get a clue! … You actually wrote this

    “It sounds to me like our current opioids are strong enough and that we should be placing more restrictions on our current opioids, not inventing newer, stronger ones” …

    Yeah Ronald, that would help stop all the fentanyl laced heroin that is the real culprit …the illicit opiates not prescribed by docs, but mixed with street drugs from china and mexico. Placing more restrictions won’t touch that issue. Prohibition is not the answer. More deaths will happen. The data is already bearing that out and we can see the stream of people and where they are going. Drug seekers will always abuse anything and that is not who we are talking about.

    And you say “OUR CURRENT OPIATES” yada yada … like you own them and have the right to mandate the way you think the world should act … and you have no chronic disease and you have no clue.

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      Wayne C Fox

      March 19, 2019 at 10:13 PM

      You are absolutely correct AT. I took Vicodin for about 12 years for chronic pain caused by being hit by a motor vehicle on an AF installation overseas in 1967. I had a compression fracture, spent 3 weeks in a hospital and released with a permanent light duty restriction. The pain level in the L4 region has nothing but increased since that time and I have be declared disabled By Social Security and by the Veterans Administration. They made it nearly impossible to get any opiod drug in the VA. I had to prove through a pee test that I was taking the pills and not selling them. December 6, 2017, I just had enough and went off cold turkey with nothing more than Tylenol for pain relief.

      Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that they are trying to reign in the illicit use of the drug, my Grandson od’d and died in September 2017 so I have a lot of skin in the game.

      Question: why should long time users who have never abused something that give us relief suffer for what could be the rest of my life just because people who don’t know what chronic pain is telling me that at 73 yrs old I can’t chose to stay on a medication that was helping me.

      Go after the drug companies, criminal doctors, phony pain clinics and Lobbyists for the drug companies and let me be! I have read posts that have said that former patients who used opiates in accordance with their doctors directions have to go on the street to buy illegal opioids, exactly what this blog is trying to prevent. Now his drugs are neither safe nor legal. I’m afraid he’s not alone.

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    Philip Archer

    March 8, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Prescription Opiods do help multitudes of people, including myself. Blaming Doctors for people’s behaviors when they prescribe meds is wrong. So wrong it doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever. My Doc is very cautious about who she prescribes pain meds to. She monitors a patient’s use of pain meds carefully. My provider is Following every law to the T. Now say I sell them or OD on them wouldn’t the fault lie with me as the patient? If any red flags pop up during my treatment then the meds stop, rightfully so! Keeping pain meds from a patient that is honest with their doctor, and has always used as prescribed is absolutely ridiculous. This blanket the government has thrown over pain Management is wrong. Its caused alot of law abiding citizens to seek the pusher man. When one is in chronic pain if sticking a carrot up your nose helps? You will do it. Thank heavens I personally have never been denied meds when its obvious i needed them. Of course common sense should prevail, and a line needs to be drawn about how much and often a pain med needs to be taken… that being said honesty with your Doc is the most important thing. PT, surgery, even a change in lifestyle can help with pain management. Really no one wants to be on pain meds forever. But sadly some folks have to be. Someday the people that are committed to actually helping people with pain will find a way to manage pain without opiod pills, patches and pain pumps. Until then its all we have. Again, I cant overstate the need to be honest with your doctor. They are committed to help us, and not hurt us in the process. Thank god we have the medical people. They truly are a gift to us, and blaming the good honest medical community for this opioid epidemic is a tragedy.

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    Ronald

    March 8, 2019 at 6:52 AM

    Unfortunately, you’re the exception & although there might be hundred of thousands of exceptions out there like you, the rule should be applied to the millions who abuse/overdose from pain killers like these. Fentanyl is way stronger than morphine and heroine. You state you don’t abuse and are satifisfied with the current meds that it helps you remain comfortable and functional. I’m very happy to hear that. It sounds to me like our current opioids are strong enough and that we should be placing more restrictions on our current opioids, not inventing newer, stronger ones. Who is the helping? or hurting?

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      Juliana

      March 10, 2019 at 2:51 PM

      Ron,
      As usual the politicians got it wrong, they have no idea what is really going on out here. They live in “La La Land”. This all started with the wrong lable. They called it “overdose “.
      WRONG
      It was, and is suicide. People were not getting the relief they needed from the begining. The Vets (pain patients) were on the same dose for 5, 10 years!
      They started commiting suicide because the pain level becomes unbearable.
      The doctors did not want to raise the amount….what do you do? Look, an animal will chew its paw off to get out of the trap….
      I just dont understand why this all started? We, the chronic patients are dyeing
      I am fatal yet they dont want me addicted? Are you kidding me? So they are killing us a different way.
      We need to ALL get together, anyone have any ideas? Juliana

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    Debra

    February 28, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    I think it is so wrong to punish legitimate chronic pain patients!! Our doctors knows us and C. D. C. Does not!! Why has America turn their back’s on people suffering in their country?? I have been on these medicines for seven years never overdosed never sold my pills and never abuse them!! And yes they do work helping may be comfortable enough that I can do the things I need to do for myself! With The cutbacks I have become almost bedridden.!

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