FDA Wanting Painkiller Removed from Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting a major pharmaceutical company pull a popular painkiller called Opana.

The opioid played a major part in Indiana's HIV epidemic two years ago. See our reports covering the epidemic under the “Related Headlines” tab.

The FDA wants endo pharmaceuticals to remove the prescription pain medication from the market. Read the release by clicking here or here.

This is the first time the FDA has made such a request due to what the administration calls to “the public health consequences of abuse.”

Opana is about twice as powerful as Oxycontin.

In 2015, hundreds of cases of HIV and Hepatitis C sprung up in southern Indiana when people injected it and shared needles.

(This story was originally published June 8, 2017)


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