FDA approves new opioid

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More importantly, though, some critics argue that the drug's size (about 3mm wide) and potency (at least 10 times more powerful than fentanyl) will certainly have more appeal to those looking to misuse/abuse the drug or to sell it.

This makes Dsuvia 1000 times stronger than morphine. However, the approval indicates the opioid is to only be used in certified medically supervised health care settings, such as hospitals, surgical centers, and emergency departments.

According to the FDA's statement, the drug was designed for military use, and while no one wants soldiers to suffer, some may argue that in the war against opioid-related overdoses, there are plenty of battlefields right here at home-with more than 115 people dying after overdosing on opioids every single day in the United States. The Pentagon has spent millions of dollars helping to fund AcelRx's research, public documents show.

In a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb M.D. explained that the drug could be of good use in cases where the patient may not be able to swallow properly, and how the Department of Defense worked closely with the sponsor in the development of the drug, particularly because of its need to treat soldiers in the battlefield.

Although the FDA is committed to reducing the opioid crisis and despite their claims to work in the interest of addiction-free drugs, the latest opioid may go against everything that has been said.

The Food and Drug Administration's approval of a powerful new opioid stirred up fierce opposition in some consumer and healthcare circles after it was announced Friday, continuing debate about the agency's role and responsibility in the opioid crisis.

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Another criticism to be voiced is that Dsuvia is unnecessary: a drug that will not really add any benefit to an already saturated-and very unstable-opioid market. It'll also help them evaluate the risk of a drug being misused or abused and also the unique benefits of the drug to the people in pain.

Sanjay Gupta that opioids are the biggest crisis facing the nation, a crisis fueled by overprescribing.

Accordingly, then, the FDA's Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee voted in favor, 10 to 3, of approval of this medication. A record 49,000 people died in 2017 from overdoses, say national reports.

Dsuvia, made by a company named AcelRx, is a tablet form of sufentanil that is meant to be dissolved under a patient's tongue.

And even as his agency gave the nod to Dsuvia, Gottlieb said other steps are being taken to restrict access to highly potent opioids.

Including brand name and generic drugs, there are almost 400 opioids now on the market.

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