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HealthWatch: Controversial Pain Med OK’d

HealthcareIRVINE, Cal. — The FDA’s recent approval of a new painkiller is drawing protests.

Zohydro ER is the first medication that contains only hydrocodone.

The capsules also contain up to ten times more hydrocodone than medications currently on the market.

Those who’ve lost loved ones to prescription drug abuse say Zohydro will only create more addicts and claim more lives.

The FDA and the makers of Zohydro say the drug should be reserved for patients with severe pain, requiring daily, around-the clock long term treatment, when other painkillers are ineffective.

You can find out more about the new drug here.