FDA approves powerful painkiller
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a powerful new painkiller that is designed to last for 24 hours. But the drug, called Hysingla ER, is meant to be swallowed whole and turns into a gel when crushed mking it more difficult to misuse.
Hysingla ER is 24 times more powerful than Vicodin. But because the pill is extended release, the medication is dispensed over a 24-hour period instead of creatingt an overwhelming rush all at once.
The approval of Hysingla ER is part of the FDA's response to a surge in overdose deaths from prescription painkillers. The problem with many opioids already on the market is that they are easy to crush into a powder and can then be injected or snorted. Painkiller deaths in the U.S, quadrupled between 1999 and 2011.
Some in the medical community, however, have voiced concerns over the potency of Hysingla ER.