Lawmakers Want To Undo FDA's Approval Of New Painkiller

Law360, Los Angeles (March 14, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday aiming to withdraw the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of the controversial new painkiller Zohydro ER and block the agency from approving similar drugs unless they are formulated to prevent abuse.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Rep. Stephen Lynch D-Mass., and Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said they introduced S. 2134 and H.R. 4241 over concerns that the potent painkiller could create public health risks, particularly amid a rise in prescription drug abuse.

The bills follow outrage from...
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