As we start the year, media attention in the drug diversion arena goes to a new hydrocodone product possibly hitting the retail market with the idea that it could “spur a new wave of abuse.” In addition, a US Senator chimed in that he was concerned about the abuse and diversion of this new product and is already urging the FDA not to provide approval.
The concern is primarily with a company called Zogenix of San Diego, California, and their proposed new hydrocodone product called Zohydro. This new product is pure hydrocodone, with no acetaminophen or other products that could restrict dosages. The drug would certainly be a CII controlled substance, and it is an extended-release product designed to provide up to 12 hours of pain relief. Because it is an extended-release product, the strength of the hydrocodone will certainly be very high, with news reports indicating as much as 10 times higher than standard hydrocodone. [Read more…]