FDA approves new opioid
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A new ultra-powerful opioid is about to make its way into hospitals.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug called Dsuvia Friday.
It’s 10 times more powerful than Fentanyl, making it 1,000 times more potent than morphine.
Dsuvia comes as a tablet in an applicator that health care providers administer under the tongue.
Critics blasted the agency for bringing a new opioid to market as the nation faces increasing opioid overdose deaths in what many call a crisis.
The FDA insists it is managing the opioid crisis and the new drug is needed by patients to manage pain.