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Massachusetts Ban on Zohydro Thrown Out

U.S. District judge says executive order issued by Gov. Deval Patrick was unconstitutional.

A screenshot from DrugFree.org about Zohydro ER. Credit: DrugFree.org
A screenshot from DrugFree.org about Zohydro ER. Credit: DrugFree.org

A judge has thrown out a ban on the drug Zohydro issued by Gov. Deval Patrick, D-MA, last month, according to WCVB-TV.

The new opioid-based painkiller, which offers the only extended release capsule form of hydrocodone bitartrate on the market currently, has public health officials fearing that the already epidemic opiate addition will only get worse.

However, the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Rya Zobel, said that the state “overstepped its authority” in issuing the ban. The maker of the drug, Zogenix, asked for the injunction, noting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had already approved the drug.

Other efforts are under way to ban the drug, including in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Vermont. Officials in New Hampshire held a state Senate hearing earlier today to discuss possibly putting an 18-month moratorium on the sale of Zhoydro in the Granite State.

Read the full report on WCVB.com.

Whiffenpoof April 18, 2014 at 08:08 PM
I guess I'll have to wait for the "I went there and you weren't there bit."
BH April 18, 2014 at 08:09 PM
Normal people with social lives are busy doing fun things on Friday nights and weekends, you're not that important to me, I can tell I am to you, so I'll make sure you stop making this mistake, but again, not leaving friends to meet with you, just doesn't quite seem worth it to me. When you're sitting at a bar alone I get it though.
Whiffenpoof April 18, 2014 at 08:58 PM
You call me out. I responded. You scoffed at me for commenting from Jimmy's while watching the game. Yet you claim to be with friends while commenting. Ha. Little stranger in my opinion. You're a liar and a coward.
Whiffenpoof April 18, 2014 at 09:00 PM
By the way, between periods we were laughing our asses off at your veiled threat and failure to follow through. Another internet tough guy outed Brian Levesque.
Whiffenpoof April 18, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Please, don't respond. You're embarrassing yourself.

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