Zohydro ER (Hydrocodone bitartrate Extended Release Capsules) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 7, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

FDA Approves Hydrocodone-Only Drug
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Source: About.com Alcoholism - November 5, 2013 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Must-Read: FDA approves long-acting hydrocodone despite warning from its own advisory panel (Weekly Web Review in Toxicology)
This study design allows researchers to enroll only subjects who have already been shown to tolerate and respond to the drug. Critics of this method argue that it stacks the deck in favor of good results, and in no way simulates real-world conditions or predicts after-market experience. Last December, an FDA panel voted against approving the drug. One panel member, medical toxicologist Jeanmarie Perrone, said she was “surprised” when the drug was approved. In a related story, the Journal Sentinal previously reported that the enhanced enrollment design was worked out at annual private meetings between drug ...
Source: The Poison Review - November 3, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical battery ingestion central park ecstasy FDA federal drug administration hydrocodone mdma pma toxic plant zohydroer Source Type: news

Avoiding addiction when powerful opioid painkillers are needed
Sometimes the best way to ease pain is with the type of prescription painkiller known as an opioid. Despite their "addictive" reputation in the media, the majority of people use opioids safely and without addition, reports the November 2013 Harvard Health Letter. Opioids are a class of painkillers with high addictive potential. They include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), and meperidine (Demerol). Opioids are typically used for the short term, such as for treating severe pain following surgery. They are also sometimes used long-term for relieving pain related to cancer or a...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - November 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

With Rise of Painkiller Abuse, a Closer Look At Heroin
Abuse of prescription painkillers is a "growing, deadly epidemic," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Oct. 24, the Food and Drug Administration recommended putting new restrictions on hydrocodone, sold as Vicodin and other brand names. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health - November 2, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

FDA Wants Hydrocodone Combo Pain Meds ReclassifiedFDA Wants Hydrocodone Combo Pain Meds Reclassified
The agency says it will recommend changing hydrocodone combination products to Schedule II controlled substances. Still, the FDA just approved a single-entity hydrocodone and some find the timing 'odd.' Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

FDA Hydrocodone Restrictions Lead to Illegal Drug Use? Rapid Detox the...
With the FDA set to reclassify hydrocodone pills as a Schedule II drug, Waismann Method rapid detox is glad to see the addictive drug correctly classed. However, they also worry about the increased...(PRWeb October 30, 2013)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11275619.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - November 1, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA approves extended-release, single-entity hydrocodone product
Zohydro ER, a Schedule II controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, is the first FDA-approved single-entity (not combined with an analgesic such as acetaminophen) and extended-release hydrocodone product. Zohydro ER will offer prescribers an additional therapeutic option to treat pain, which is important because individual patients may respond differently to different opioids. Zohydro ER is in the class of extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

FDA OKs New Hydrocodone Painkiller
Title: FDA OKs New Hydrocodone PainkillerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/25/2013 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - October 28, 2013 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Extended-Release Single-Entity Hydrocodone Product
FDA Approves Extended-Release, Single-Entity Hydrocodone Product (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - October 28, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

FDA recommends schedule II for hydrocodone combinations
Read the full story on MD Consult: FDA recommends schedule II for hydrocodone combinations (Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories)
Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories - October 28, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Zogenix Receives FDA Approval for Zohydro(TM) ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) Extended-Release Capsules
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Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - October 27, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zogenix Painkiller Gets FDA Approval Despite Criticism
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an extended-release version of the narcotic painkiller hydrocodone despite a recommendation by its advisory committee that the drug should be rejected because of its potential for abuse. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - October 26, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

FDA approves single-entity hydrocodone painkiller Zohydro
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday if approved Zohydro ER -- hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules -- for the management of pain. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA to restrict prescription painkillers such as Vicodin.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official says the agency wants the government to approve restrictions on prescription painkillers such as Vicodin. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA OKs Zohydro, 1st Opioid-Only Painkiller
WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- The FDA has approved Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended release tablets) for long-term treatment of refractory severe pain. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - October 25, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

FDA OKs Zohydro, 1st Hydrocodone-Only Painkiller
WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- The FDA has approved Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended release tablets) for long-term treatment of refractory severe pain. (Source: MedPage Today Pain Management)
Source: MedPage Today Pain Management - October 25, 2013 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

FDA Okays First Single-Entity Extended-Release HydrocodoneFDA Okays First Single-Entity Extended-Release Hydrocodone
The FDA has approved a single-entity extended-release formulation of hydrocodone for long-term treatment of chronic pain for which alternatives are not adequate. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Pure hydrocodone, stronger than Vicodin, approved by FDA
Zohydro ER's approval comes as surprise since agency's advisory panel gave overwhelmingly negative review of product last year (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves extended-release, single-entity hydrocodone product
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules) for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - October 25, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers
Large supplies of often-abused drugs such as Vicodin should be harder to obtain, agency says (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA aims to tighten control of hydrocodone
One person dies every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose in the United States. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Recommends Restrictions on Prescribed Painkillers
The agency says that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - October 25, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA recommends tightening access to hydrocodone pain-killers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended tighter restrictions on products that contain hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller present in commonly prescribed, potentially addictive drugs such as Vicodin. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

F.D.A. Urging a Tighter Rein on Painkillers
The Food and Drug Administration recommended new restrictions on prescriptions for drugs like Vicodin, which combine the narcotic hydrocodone with over-the-counter pain medication.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By BARRY MEIER Tags: Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Pain-Relieving Drugs Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic Food and Drug Administration Woodcock, Janet Source Type: news

Video: FDA recommends tighter controls on common painkillers
The proposed change reclassifies hydrocodone products, such as Vicodin, and categorizes them in the most restrictive way, like painkillers such as morphine. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on what the new classification means. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA ruling on Vicodin—Burdens for Pain Patients
The FDA is severely restricting access to Vicodin and other hydrocodone-containing products.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - October 25, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Judy Foreman Tags: Addiction Health FDA pain patients vicodin Source Type: news

FDA Urges New Limits on Pain Drugs
The FDA recommended imposing more severe restrictions on the prescribing of Vicodin and other commonly used narcotic painkilling drugs in an effort to combat their widespread abuse. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - October 25, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers
Large supplies of often-abused drugs such as Vicodin should be harder to obtain, agency says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Pain Relievers, Prescription Drug Abuse (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Plans to Restrict Vicodin Rx
(MedPage Today) -- The FDA wants to tighten the reins on hydrocodone combination drugs such as Vicodin, recommending that they be classified as Schedule II narcotics like OxyContin and fentanyl. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - October 25, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

FDA recommends reclassifying Vicodin as harder drug
FDA wants to reclassify pills like Vicodin into same drug category as OxyContin, making it more difficult to obtain (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA recommends tightening access to hydrocodone pain-killers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended tighter restrictions on products that contain hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller present in commonly prescribed, potentially addictive drugs such as Vicodin. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

F.D.A. Seeks Tighter Control on Prescriptions for Class of Painkillers
The Food and Drug Administration recommended new restrictions on prescriptions for drugs like Vicodin, which combine the narcotic hydrocodone with over-the-counter pain medication.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By BARRY MEIER Tags: Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Pain-Relieving Drugs Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic Food and Drug Administration Woodcock, Janet Source Type: news

Study looks at how patients and their doctors discuss risks involved in taking opioids for chronic pain
Although the popular press -- from entertainment news to the crime blotter -- has paid significant attention to the dangers of hydrocodone, oxycodone and other opioids, little is known about whether and how this issue comes up in discussions between chronic pain patients and their physicians. A pilot study by researchers from the Roudebush VA Medical Center and the Regenstrief Institute is believed to be the first to analyze the nature of these conversations in regular primary care appointments... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

Clinical trial evaluates outpatient detoxification in prescription opioid abusers
Patients addicted to prescription opioids (POs) who are taking buprenorphine (a medication used in opioid addiction treatment) may respond better to tapering of the drug over four weeks than over shorter periods when the taper is followed by naltrexone (a medication that blocks opioid strength), according to a clinical trial report by Stacey C. Sigmon, Ph.D., of the University of Vermont, Burlington, and colleagues. Abuse of prescription opioid drugs, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone, are a public health problem, according to the study background... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Advertising Drugs to Addicts
A glut of information about prescription drugs makes it easy for addicts to get their fix from doctors. But worst of all, celebrities are now the pushers.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - October 22, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Anna B. David Tags: Addiction Media adderall ADHD big pharma Heath Ledger narcotic PPO Prescription prescription drugs suboxone vicodin Source Type: news

Recommended Reading: Painkiller Addiction and America’s Veterans
The VA has increasingly been treating addictions with a variety of drugs, “feeding addictions and contributing to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients that is nearly double the national average.” Over the past dozen years, prescriptions for the four opiates hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine have increased by 270 percent. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Public Health - October 22, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

For post-tonsillectomy pain, over-the counter painkillers acceptable
You may be able to eat all of the ice cream you want after having your tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say you don't necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain -- an over-the-counter pain-reliever is just as effective. The study shows over-the-counter ibuprofen manages pain after a tonsillectomy for children and adults as well as the prescription pain medications acetaminophen with hydrocodone and acetaminophen with codeine, which is no longer recommended for use in children... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ear, Nose and Throat Source Type: news

Worldwide, marijuana the most used illegal drug
SEATTLE, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Marijuana is the top illegal drug used worldwide, but doctor-prescribed painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin are the deadliest, a U.S. researcher says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kick your chronic pain to the curb with these four herbs
FDA sanctioned prescription drugs for pain such as, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Lortab, and others are just as addictive as street drugs. Withdrawal can be difficult, and they have the expected physiological side-effects that accompany almost all of Big Pharma's products. Non... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medication Errors in Adults—Case #2: Acetaminophen
A 58-year-old female is prescribed Lortab for treatment of low back pain that resulted from trauma and picked up a bottle of Tylenol® Cold. What is the problem? (Source: Consultant Live)
Source: Consultant Live - August 21, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

One in 10 Americans Has Taken Drugs Prescribed for OthersOne in 10 Americans Has Taken Drugs Prescribed for Others
Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed 'ridiculous amounts' of Vicodin for a chronic back problem. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others: poll
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed "ridiculous amounts" of Vicodin for a chronic back problem. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Researchers On A Path To Lower-Risk Painkillers
For patients managing cancer and other chronic health issues, painkillers such as morphine and Vicodin are often essential for pain relief. The body's natural tendency to develop tolerance to these medications, however, often requires patients to take higher doses - increasing risks of harmful side effects and dependency. Now, new research from the University of Michigan Health System and a major pharmaceutical company has identified a novel approach to severe pain therapy that paves the way for lower dosage painkillers... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

Hydrocodone Curbs Back Pain All by Itself
FORT LAUDERDALE (MedPage Today) -- Treatment with extended-release hydrocodone without acetaminophen offered effective relief from chronic low back pain compared with placebo, researchers said here. (Source: MedPage Today Pain Management)
Source: MedPage Today Pain Management - April 15, 2013 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Deaths tied to painkillers rising in the U.S.
The latest figures on overdoses come as pressure mounts to restrict use of prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin.Despite efforts by law enforcement and public health officials to curb prescription drug abuse, drug-related deaths in the United States have continued to rise, the latest data show. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bill aims to tighten restrictions on painkiller hydrocodone
Congressional legislation comes as drug fatalities have surpassed deaths from vehicle crashes. Hydrocodone-based medications include Vicodin, Norco and Lortab.Taking aim at "America's most abused narcotic," congressional lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would place tighter restrictions on the painkiller hydrocodone, which is a key contributor to the nation's prescription drug death epidemic. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should Hydrocodone Be Rescheduled?Should Hydrocodone Be Rescheduled?
A pain expert weighs in on an FDA advisory committee's recent vote in favor of reclassifying hydrocodone-containing medications as schedule II. Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Commentary Source Type: news

UK Expert Advises FDA on Hydrocodone Policy
In January, an advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration recommended tighter controls and greater scrutiny be placed on hydrocodone, one of the most widely abused pain medications in the United States, by reclassifying it from Schedule III to the more restrictive Schedule II. Sharon Walsh, director of the University of Kentuckys Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, gave expert testimony at the meeting that led to the up-scheduling recommendation. (Source: UK College of Medicine News)
Source: UK College of Medicine News - February 18, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: 7H000 clinical Source Type: news

Congress to FDA: Time to Reclassify Hydrocodone Painkillers
The Food and Drug Administration has been urged by Congress to take measures in reclassifying hydrocodone-based prescription painkillers. Advocates of the change want drugs like Vicodin to be reclassified from Schedule III to Schedule II. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - February 14, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Pharma Manufacturing Source Type: news