Indiana Attorney General protests new painkiller

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email

A powerful new prescription painkiller is causing a big stir in the medical community, and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has joined efforts to convince the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pull the drug off the market.

It's called zohydro.It's 5 to 10 times more potent than the most powerful painkillers currently on the market. It was approved to treat chronic pain, but some people are worried about the potential for abuse.

Attorneys General from Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Maine wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, asking her to reverse the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the drug.

The FDA says the drug's benefits outweigh the risks.

In 2011, prescription drugs were blamed for the deaths of 718 Hoosiers, a nearly 10 percent increase from 2010, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

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