Amid deepening addiction crisis, FDA approves powerful new opioid

Brittany Mendoza
November 8, 2018

Despite concerns and controversies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved an opioid that's said to be 10 times more powerful than fentanyl.

For Dsuvia specifically, Gottlieb referenced the opioid multiple times as a Pentagon priority, citing its potential use on the battlefield to treat soldiers through its sublingual formulation.

A new tablet form of an ultra-powerful opioid is about to make its way into hospitals, despite the ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the U.S. The medication, which comes in a single-use package, also should not be used for more than 72 hours.

But public advocacy groups were quick to condemn the decision because they fear it will lead to more overdoses. "To what extent should we evaluate each opioid exclusively on its own merits, and to what extent should we also consider.the epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse that's gripping our nation?" Experts worry that supplies of the drug will somehow make their way from doctors' offices and pharmacies to addicts. The military wants to explore whether the pill can be used as a battlefield painkiller that is less cumbersome than liquid analgesics. 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 past year with 72,000 deaths - about 200 per day. Dr. Raeford Brown, a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at the University of Kentucky, urged the FDA to reject the drug. In a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that "very tight restrictions" will be placed on the drug.

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Dsuvia will not be available at retail pharmacies or for any home use, Gottlieb said.

"It is certain that Dsuvia will worsen the opioid epidemic and kill people needlessly", Sidney Wolfe, founder of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a statement. And many of those will overdose and die.

"Because of the risks of addiction, abuse and misuse with opioids; Dsuvia is also to be reserved for use in patients for whom alternative pain treatment options have not been tolerated, or are not expected to be tolerated, where existing treatment options have not provided adequate analgesia, or where these alternatives are not expected to provide adequate analgesia", according to a statement from Gottlieb about the drug's approval. Angotti noted that the drug will be subject to a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy program. As such, "We believe the unique features of Dsuvia are an important leap forward in the management of acute pain and patient care in these settings", said AcelRx's CEO, Vince Angotti, in a statement.

Dsuvia isn't created to be taken by people who haven't taken morphine in the past, Alan says.

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