In the News A Highly Addictive New Opioid, Stronger than Fentanyl and Morphine, is Poised to be Approved by the FDA

Published October 20, 2018 in Newsweek.

In a controversial move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving toward finalizing the approval of a highly addictive opioid. The decision was made by the FDA’s advisory committee on October 12, where a 10–3 vote occurred in favor of the drug hitting the market.

DSUVIA, the drug in question, is a form of Sufentanil — which is more potent than fentanyl and morphine. It would be sold as an under-the-tongue tablet. While it can treat pain, it’s associated with a high risk for addiction and being dependent upon it. Side effects include but aren’t limited to restlessness, muscle spasms, chest pain and fast heartbeat, according to PubMed Health.

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