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A senator from West Virginia has proposed banning the prescription hydrocodone drug Zohydro until a new, safer version is available.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has proposed a bill that would reverse the FDA's approval of Zohydro until its maker, Zogenix, creates a version with less potential for abuse. Reversing the FDA's approval would act as a temporary ban on the drug.
Zohydro is a powerful opiate painkiller made up almost entirely of hydrocodone. Its release in early March was controversial: The drug was approved even after the FDA's own advisory board voted 11-2 against approval.
Zohydro's abuse potential is high. The pills are crushable, and doing so bypasses the pill's protective time-release coating. Without the coating, the high concentration of hydrocodone in Zohydro could be deadly if abused.
You can find an informative "Raising Awareness" clide deck about Zohydro here.