The FDA has taken a drastic step recently to combat the growing opioid epidemic in the United States. Powerful opioid painkiller Opana will be pulled off the market by the FDA; citing abuse of the medication by opioid addicts. This move is unprecedented as the FDA has never asked a pharmaceutical company before to pull a medication because of addiction concerns. This is a step in the right direction to curb the rise of substance abuse, especially opioid dependency. Let’s take a closer look at this ground-breaking decision by the FDA.
Why did the FDA pull Opana off the market?
The opioid painkiller Opana is known as being a popular choice for addicts to seek out because it is twice as powerful as Oxycontin. Opana is one of the strongest opioid-based synthetic painkillers. It’s only given to patients with severe and chronic pain that requires careful monitoring. If you’re wondering why exactly did the FDA pull Opana off the market, it was a long time coming.
In 2012, the creator of Opana, Endo Pharmaceuticals, reformulated their Opana pills to deter addicts from snorting the drug. However, this had the adverse effect of giving addicts the ability to inject the drug which is even more dangerous. The opioid painkiller Opana has been contributing to the addiction crisis for years. The CDC reporting on the opioid epidemic shows that overdoses killed more than 33,000 people in 2015 which is the highest number on record.
Another problem for Endo Pharmaceuticals stems from the fact that their 2012 reformulation did not pass FDA scrutiny as having “abuse-deterrent properties”. Ever since their reformulation went into circulation, cases of Opana abuse and addiction increased. Many doctors, public health officials, and advocates are applauding the FDA decision as a step in the right direction, but more work must be done. A comprehensive approach to the opioid epidemic must include prevention, raising awareness, and providing accessible addiction treatment.
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