F.D.A. Asks Drug Maker to Stop Selling a Dangerous Opioid

The New York Times – On Thursday, for the first time in its history, the Food and Drug Administration asked a drug company to take an opioid medication off the market.

The drug, Opana ER — a form of the painkiller oxymorphone hydrochloride — has been heavily abused and linked to outbreaks of H.I.V., hepatitis C and a serious blood disorder among people who crush the pills into powder and inject it.

The move by the F.D.A. may signal a more aggressive approach against prescription opioids that are found to be widely abused.

Read more at The New York Times.

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