ANH-USA: FDA Role in Prescription Abuse Epidemic

October 22, 2013


Drug companies paid up to $25,000 to influence FDA policy—the latest in a decades-long FDA/Big Pharma scandal. 

What class of drugs:

We’ll give you a hint: they’re FDA-approved.

Since the 1990s, there’s been an explosion in the use and abuse of highly addictive painkillers such as oxycodone (the main ingredient in OxyContin) and hydrocodone (found in drugs like Vicodin). Given the alarming social, health, and even economic costs of this epidemic of painkiller abuse, there has been considerable pressure from both inside and outside the FDA to improve the regulation of these drugs. In 2008, the DEA requested that FDA tighten controls on hydrocodone (a request the FDA denied), and in early 2013, the FDA’s own advisory panel of experts recommended that it toughen restrictions on highly addictive painkillers (FDA has yet to take the panel’s advice).

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