The new painkiller Zohydro was approved just a few months ago and isn't even on pharmacy shelves yet, but the potent pill has already sparked a firestorm of protest from doctors and activists who fear that it will lead to abuse, addiction and deaths, according to NBC News.
The Food and Drug Administration, which approved the drug against the recommendations of its advisory panel, says that a stronger pain pill is needed for patients who haven't been able to get relief from existing medications. Zohydro is expected to hit shelves March 1.
But critics — including many state attorneys general — have asked the FDA to reconsider its approval. The high-profile criticism has folks wondering what makes this pain pill so controversial, NBC News reports.
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