Medical Devices and Prescription Drug Policy

Medical Devices and Prescription Drug Policy

Manchin takes aim at FDA over approved painkiller

He is working with several other senators on a bill that would target the FDA's approval process, after the agency gave the green light in October to Zohydro, which critics say is a highly-addictive and easily-abused painkiller.

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Schumer to HHS: Stop painkiller until abuse-proof

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY.) called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to overturn a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to allow a powerful painkiller to enter the market in a form that can be abused.

“It is baffling that at the same time policy makers and law enforcement officials are waging a war on the growing prescription drug crisis, we are essentially rolling out the welcome mat to a new, more powerful, and easily abused super-drug,” Schumer said Monday.

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