Doctor: Some Headlines About Powerful New Opioid Are Misleading

Doctor: Some Headlines About Powerful New Opioid Are Misleading


HE SAID THE NUMBER OF OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS HAVE DROPPED WHICH IS HELPING. AS THE NUMBER OF OPIOID DEATHS ARE GOING DOWN THE FDA HAS NOW APPROVED A NEW DRUG THAT IS 10 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN FENTANYL. AND THAT IS RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE AND OVER DOSE. HEATHER ABRAHAM SPOKE TO A DOCTOR WHO SPECIALIZES IN PAIN MEDICINE. Reporter: A PILL WAS APPROVED ON FRIDAY AFTER A VOTE BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION BUT IT IS MET WITH CONCERN AND QUESTIONS. IT IS A VERY NICHE MEDICATION. AND THE MANUFACTURERS WORKED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN THE DEVELOPMENT. Reporter: HE IS THE DIRECTOR FOR PAIN MEDICINE AT ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH NETWORK. THEY CAN’T TAKE SOMETHING BY MOUTH, IV ACCESS POOR, THEY COULD USE THIS MEDICINE. Reporter: WHICH IS PART OF THE REASON FOR THE DAM OF DEFENSE’S VOMITER — DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE’S INVOLVEMENT. IT IS 10 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN FENTANYL. BUT THE DOCTORS THAT IS MISLEADING. MILLIGRAM PER MILLIGRAM BASIS IT IS A THOUSAND TIMES MORE POTENT THAN MORPHINE. 30 MICROGRAMS IS 5-MILLIGRAMS. Reporter: THERE ARE TIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON ITS USE. THIS IS NOT IN ANY RETAIL PHARMACIES. NOT FOR AT HOME USE. IT WILL NOT BE DISPENSED WITH A PRESCRIPTION. IT IS NOT TO BE USED LONGER THAN FOOHOURS. Reporter: — 72 HOURS. Reporter: IT WILL BE REVIEWED BY ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH NETWORK. IT IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE

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