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.

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17 comments

  • Casey Marine

    REALLY?!?!? Like we dont have enough problems with this opioid epidemic as it is. Whats happening to our country???? Oh thats right, its money hungry and doesnt care about its people anymore.

    • Terri Seida

      There are people who NEED opoids for pain! Oh, that’s right, they should just have to suffer because there are people who are addicts. Wow!!

      • Jess

        not at all. but morphine and everything else thats out there already has worked just fine and caused all the problems we have now. creating one thats more potent is quite unecessary.

    • Karen Franklin

      CORRECT ! -about the first part, BUT Isnt THIS ew Opioid A ” llittle” TOO STRONG for Most People? Also,How could somebody be able to ABUSE This New One? Unless they give out a prescription and NOT only given in a hospital setting as ANESTISIA? Most likely would die the first time of abuse.

  • John Ricci

    Great! The tone-deaf FDA approves an even more powerful opioid produced by a company that specializes in opioids. Of course, it will only be used in a hospital setting! Purdue Pharmaceuticals started this mess with Oxycontin, saying that it was “needed”, just like this one. That was years ago, and Purdue turned into a giant because they marketed really well to physicians, who started prescribing it for everything. Of course, as long as their sales were great, they really didn’t care where it was going. Other companies, like this one (AcelRX) quickly followed the same business model. They all say they will be very careful, but the bottom line is still the bottom line. It’s all about the money. This will find it’s way onto the street just like all of the others. You will be reading about deaths from this drug soon.

  • Clyde Brown

    Trump has his team in place doing what he wants them to do. In this case it’s drugs, he wants better, stronger opioids on the scene because it’s the cheapest way to get rid of drug dependent people. Also safer than guns because not a shot fired to have any collateral damage. So the plan of fear will be well into being when people find out the plan it will be instant effect. After found out and unstoppable we will then see the true face of the TWIT with large scale genocide.

  • devgurlzsn

    It is blatantly obvious that everyone on this forum speaking against its release have never suffered from cancer, unbearable/uncontrollable pain, or even witnessed someone they love suffer from it.

    Stronger pain medications are ABSOLUTELY essential for a better quality of life for some people. Just because you yourself have never had to experience the trauma of severe pain does not mean it doesn’t exist.

    Balk at the flawed system set up for financial gain or the way they fail to PROPERLY regulate and administer these powerful drugs, but do not balk at a much needed drug being released for people that NEED it.

    I have personal experience with both ends of the opioid epidemic, too. I watched my Grandmother suffer greatly with uncontrollable pain during her final year of an awful cancer battle. I have also lost my fiancé’s brother from Fentanyl laced heroin when he was only 18 years old.

    Still, I do NOT blame the mere existence of opiods. So stop, just stop.

    • Karen Franklin

      FOR SHURE!! THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO NEED A POTENT PAIN RELIEVER AND THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT ONLY NEED A MILDER FORM! BUT MAINLY THE FOOLISH PEOPLE WHO DONT TAKE THIER PRESCRIPTIONS SENSIBLY! OR WERE ON HEROIN AND TRYING TO DUPLICATE THAT OR SELL THEM ARE THE. ” OPIATE ABUSERS” !

    • Leighann Foley

      Perfectly worded, couldn’t agree more with what your saying and trying to relate to so many of these people that just don’t understand. Bottom line is I feel: If you truly need this for pain that’s unbearable and this particular med works than what’s the problem? Nothing because now all those suffering may have there desperately needed answer. For those that look as if it’s one more temptation the world doesn’t need my answer is simple, tough shit this is A PAIN PILL, so NOBODY’S concern/business except for THE PAIN PATIENT. Today’s world offers tons of temptations whether it be gambling, alcoholic beverages, which I must point out, hit the market at an ever increasing pace stronger and stronger in regards to the proof or percentage, cigarettes, pornography, etc. Life will always provide ways one can and will over indulge, including this new pill, but bottom line still is we shouldn’t piss and moan about what effect in might have on/in our society but instead remember this medication has potential to help the exact individuals it was purposely made for, all those suffering horribly who rightfully deserve the relief. Anybody else using it for anything other than prescribed pain shouldn’t count.

  • Erica

    This is absolutely an outrage to me. As a recovering opioid addict this disgusts me. We are dealing with an epidemic..how dare they. Speechless is what I am. They want to take away funding to get our addicts help but introduce more deadly drugs…