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FDA approves Zohydro ER

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Air date: November 17, 2013

Host: Barbara Lewis

Healthcare Policy & Public Health
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Interview: Andy Chambers, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine.

Last month the FDA approved a new high-dose narcotic painkiller, Zohydro ER, against the advice of its own advisors. Zohydro ER is five to 10 times stronger than traditional opioid painkillers and does not have abuse-deterrent properties. However, the FDA argues the benefits of Zohydro ER outweigh the costs.

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