SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic.- The use of the dsuvia pill was authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it is sufficient to administer it under the tongue, a desirable characteristic for the military. so the Pentagon helped its realization.
Many of those who say that this new product is needed in the market argue that this will help the US soldiers wounded in the battlefield – reduces pain in 15 to 30 minutes – although the opioid sublingual fentanyl is already available. This synthetic drug is more dangerous than morphine.
The vote on whether or not the use of the license was authorized was 10 in favor and 3 against. The president of the panel of the FDA that made the vote on Friday, Dr. Raeford E. Brown Jr, did not attend the meeting and did not cast a vote, although he expressed his opinion in a statement in which he summarized that the medicine represents a danger to public health.
Brown Jr joined critics who had urged the FDA not to endorse the use of this synthetic drug because it is ten times more potent than fentanyl, a highly addictive opioid that makes patients unable to renounce their use. of this and other strong analgesics, all very easy to obtain.
The risks identified as additional point to the massive abuse and misuse, including accidental overdoses.
But science is also looking for the replacement of the opiate drugs that we currently use with the risks of addiction and overdose that they entail, and and the botulinum toxin (botox) has been modified and thus the pain is over in a prolonged scientific experiment with mice from laboratory. This opens the door to its future use to end chronic pain in human beings.
They end the pain using Botox. End of opiate medications?
Carfentanil, which is used for the euthanasia of elephants
Carfentanil, which is used for euthanasia of elephants and is 10,000 times stronger than morphine, is available on the market. A drop of this substance is enough to kill a person.
The war against opioids that exists in the US constitutes a threat to people suffering from severe pain – those diagnosed with cancer, for example – and it is feared that, with the restrictions that arise, they will seek to supply themselves with drug traffickers.
People who use drugs often do not know, for example, what type of fentanyl modification they are buying, because they vary according to their potency. Fentanyl is sometimes sold as heroin, which usually leads to overdose.
Fentanyl is a white powder slightly soluble in water, even a few grains may be sufficient for an injection. This substance is the most dangerous for drug users in terms of fatal overdose, precisely because it is very difficult to dose.
In the USA, the number of deaths due to overdoses associated with this drug has increased 50 times more powerful than heroin and up to 100 more than morphine. They are more than 50 thousand deaths per year.
"Very strict restrictions" on the distribution of the small pill dsuvia
After approval of the pill even more potent than fentanyl by the FDA, the commissioner of this state agency, Scott Gottlieb, said there will be "very strict restrictions" on the distribution of the small pill dsuvia and that it will be destined only to hospitals and other "supervised environments".
Gottlieb confirmed that the pill was a high priority for the Department of Defense and that this was why the military agency helped finance the product tests, carried out by the company AcelRx Pharmaceuticals.
He also said the drug will be warned in a box and will not be available in pharmacies and revealed that FDA staff will "evaluate a new framework" to clearly describe how the agency considers the benefits and risks of the opioid drugs it approves.
"We will not dodge what I think is the real underlying source of discontent among the critics of this approval: the question of whether or not the United States needs another powerful opioid while it is in the midst of a massive addiction crisis," Gottlieb said.
The agency Associated Press of the USA spread a comment to the said thing by Gottlieb that it attributed to Sidney Wolfe, of a group of organized consumers (Public Citizen's Health Research Group), who said that the declaration of this was "empty rhetoric".
"It's a big mistake," Wolfe said. This drug is doomed. It is dangerous and will kill people. "
"I was hooked immediately"
The agency Sputnik Kevin spread, in turn, a series of testimonies of people addicted to opioids, including that of a 25-year-old New Yorker whom he identified as Kevin: "A doctor prescribed vicodin to me after I pulled the tooth from judgment (…); I was hooked immediately. "
When the doctor refused to increase the dose, the young man was forced to resort to local drug traffickers: "It took me 3 years of rehabilitation to escape this hell and fight addiction," he said.
For her part, Kelly, a resident of Minnesota, acknowledged that, although she only needed to take painkillers on the day of surgery, the doctor prescribed them for a week, "so she would not have to go to the doctor a second time." Now the woman has to go through a long-term treatment.
How and when did this drug epidemic begin, which kills tens of thousands of US citizens annually?
It all started in the 90s, when pharmaceutical companies began to promote strong and, at the same time, cheap opioid analgesics in the market. As a result, doctors began to prescribe these highly addictive medications to more and more people to "make life easier for patients."
"Many of them can not assess the level of their pain on a scale of 1 to 10. Some claim to have a level 15 pain. At this time, it is impossible not to prescribe it," an American doctor told Sputnik. the anonymity
However, when doctors refuse to prescribe more medications of this type, patients try to obtain stronger substances, such as heroin or fentanyl.
Science is also focused on popular medicine and a study by Japanese researchers recently revealed that it is the sense of smell that produces relaxing effects and suggests, in addition, its potential medicinal use against pain. Also against stress and anxiety. This finding of modern medicine scientifically demonstrated the power of smelling lavender to combat destructive addictions:
Scientifically proven: Lavender scent acts against pain, stress and anxiety