FDA Approves Powerful Opioid Pill That’s 10 Times Stronger Than Fentanyl

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 6, 2018

The drug, Dsuvia, is a quick-dissolve tablet designed as an alternative to the rapid-fire infusion of pain meds available via IV at a hospital.

It's 10 times more powerful than Fentanyl, making it 1,000 times more potent than morphine.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking heat for approving a powerful, fast-acting opioid.

"Recognizing the drug's population-based risks, there are strong limits on its use". And it should only be administered by a health care provider using a single-dose applicator.

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The drug is also only for use by patients who can not tolerate other painkillers, or for whom other painkillers have failed or are expected to fail.

Critics blasted the agency for bringing a new opioid to market as the nation faces increasing opioid overdose deaths in what many call a crisis.

As for Dsuvia, even after approval, "the FDA will continue to carefully monitor the implementation of the [regulatory safeguards] associated with Dsuvia and compliance with its requirements, and we'll work to quickly make regulatory adjustments if problems arise", Gottlieb said.

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