• Petitioned Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.

This petition was delivered to:

Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.

Reconsider Approval of Dangerous New Opioid Zohydro

    1. Petition by

      Fed Up Coalition

The FDA recently approved a new drug called Zohydro even though the advisory committee it had commissioned to review the new drug voted against approval by a margin of 11-2.  This drug is the first form of pure hydrocodone on the U.S. market and does not contain any abuse-deterrent qualities, thus it may be easily tampered with.  This could be the next OxyContin.

Attached you will find a letter that has been prepared to send to FDA.  Following closely on the heels of a letter from state Attorneys General from across the U.S. and also multiple letters from members of Congress, we are soliciting signatures from concerned individuals, heads of organizations, or people who can sign on behalf of an organization, advocacy group, public or private agency, business, etc.  By launching this petition, we can make a strong statement to FDA and the media that we will not allow the agency to continue rubber-stamping dangerous new opioid drugs in the midst of a raging epidemic.

Zohydro’s maker has claimed that it is safer than existing hydrocodone products because it does not contain acetaminophen. Zohydro is not safer. It will contain up to 10 times more hydrocodone than Vicodin or Lortab. Someone unaccustomed to taking opioids could suffer a fatal overdose from just two capsules. A single capsule could be fatal if swallowed by a child. For patients unable to tolerate acetaminophen, many opioid formulations made without acetaminophen are already available. There is no need for another high-dose, single-entity opioid.

Too many people have already become addicted to similar opioid medications and too many lives have been lost. We urge you to exercise your authority and responsibility to protect the public’s health by keeping Zohydro off the market.

This petition is brought to you by The FED UP! Coalition. We are a grass roots movement comprised of passionate individuals and organizations advocating for an end to the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths attributed to opioids (including heroin) and other prescription drugs.We held our first official rally on Oct 1st, 2013, at the Nation's Capitol in Washington, DC. SAVE THE DATE for 2014: September 28th - Rally on the National Mall followed by Survivors March to the White House.

www.feduprally.org

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
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      FED UP! Reception Sept 27, 2014

      FED UP! Reception at the Washington National Press Club

    3. MOMENTUM IS BUILDING FOR FED UP! RALLY IN WASHINGTON!

      Remember to register for the FED UP! Rally and March to the White House on September 28th, 2014. A reception will be held at the Washington National Press Club the evening prior, on Sept 27th at 6:00PM. We will be presenting this Zohydro petition to Commissioner Hamburg on Monday September 29th. Thank you for signing the petition and for sharing this news with your community of concerned citizens for change. For details go to: http://feduprally.org/

    4. Reached 4,000 signatures
    5. Powerful new painkiller Zohydro stirs fears of overdose, addiction

      Powerful new painkiller Zohydro stirs fears of overdose, addiction

      Going against the recommendation of its own panel of outside advisers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has approved a powerful, pure hydrocodone painkiller that lacks features to deter abuse. Law enforcement agencies and drug-addiction experts say the new opioid pain pill, Zohydro ER, will likely create more addicts and cause overdose deaths to increase.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Laura Eberhard SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA
      • 22 days ago

      The last thing anyone needs is more potent and pure painkiller on the market with non added abuse-deterrents. Drug addiction is rampant among teens and young adults and a lot of it has to do with the high availability and potency of painkiller on the market.

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    • tabi cousins MOUNT HOLLY SPRINGS, PA
      • 22 days ago

      I lost someome to it

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    • Patrick Schnell BROOKLYN, NY
      • 25 days ago

      there are too many opiod addicts and fatalities

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    • cindy shaw NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA
      • 26 days ago

      We have enough people in this country addicted to drugs. We don't need any more of this kind.

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    • Meghan Shaw HENDERSON, NV
      • 26 days ago

      Perscription pills have ruined two of my family members lives.

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