FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller
November 2, 2018
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals.
The decision by the Food and Drug Administration came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In a lengthy statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said there will be "very tight restrictions" placed on its distribution and it is intended only for supervised settings like hospitals.
The tiny pill was developed as an option for patients who pose difficulties for the use of IVs, including soldiers on the battlefield...