MA Ban on Pain Medication Blocked by Judge

the MPR take:

US District Court Judge Rya Zobel has issued a preliminary injunction on the ban for the prescription pain medication Zohydro ER in Massachusetts, declaring that the state has overstepped its authority and that Governor Deval Patrick's ban of the drug is unconstitutional. Judge Zobel also stated that the ban would undermine the FDA's regulatory authority.


Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules), a Schedule II opioid agonist,  was approved by the FDA in October 2013 and is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate.  It is the first single-entity hydrocodone product to be approved by the FDA.

MA Ban on Medication Blocked by Judge
MA Ban on Medication Blocked by Judge

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