FDA OKs Powerful New Opioid Dsuvia Despite Criticisms

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 6, 2018

In a statement he noted that "an opioid that is 1,000 times more powerful than morphine is 1,000 times more likely to be abused, and 1,000 times more likely to kill".

The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug called Dsuvia Friday.

"Recognizing the drug's population-based risks, there are strong limits on its use".

Dsuvia comes as a tablet in an applicator that health care providers administer under the tongue. "That means it won't be available at retail pharmacies for patients to take home". It's an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. On Friday, new statistics released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found the number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States reached a new record previous year with 72,000 deaths - about 200 per day.

Critics blasted the agency for bringing a new opioid to market as the nation faces increasing opioid overdose deaths in what many call a crisis.

"To that end, I've asked the professional staff at the FDA to evaluate a new framework for opioid analgesic approvals", he said.

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