OxyContin and Purdue Pharma Castigated at FDA Hearings

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Steve Hayes, director of Novus Medical Detox Center (http://www.novusdetox.com), and Larry Golbom, host of The Prescription Addiction Radio Show testified before the FDA on May 27, 2009 about the need to expedite and impose serious Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies on opioids, especially OxyContin. Hayes and Golbom also referred the FDA panal to a new website, http://www.BanOxyContin.com, a grassroots effort that requests the FDA to immediately ban the distribution of OxyContin to new patients.

The Opioids and oxycodone have important but limited use in medicine. The real question is if the FDA is going to continue to reward an admitted criminal company like Purdue Pharma by allowing them to continue to sell this form of legal heroin. Purdue Pharma's lies have been implicated in killing many thousands and devastated the lives of tens of thousands more.

Steve Hayes, director of Novus Medical Detox Center, and Larry Golbom, host of Prescription Addiction Radio, testified before the FDA on May 27, 2009 about the need to expedite and impose serious Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies on opioids (REMS). Pharmacist and radio host Golbom explains that REMS represents the FDA's response to the growing number of addiction and deaths from opioid-related prescription drugs.

At the meeting, Golbom showed a slide that compared the practically identical molecular structure of oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin, and heroin, and stated that the effects of oxycodone and heroin are essentially identical. Golbom reminded the FDA that Purdue Pharma is an admitted felon that has been convicted of lying to the American public and doctors about the addictive qualities of OxyContin (Case No. 1:07CR00029, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. THE PURDUE FREDERICK COMPANY, INC., ET AL., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, ABINGDON DIVISION). Golbom also reminded the FDA panel to review the website http://www.BanOxycontin.com and read the chilling comments from the people who have lost loved ones and have been directly or indirectly affected by OxyContin and Purdue.

Golbom then invited any spokesperson for Purdue Pharma or for the Big Pharma funded "pain" associations to be a guest on his radio show (http://www.prescriptionaddictionradio.com) to present their side. As of today, no one has accepted this invitation.

In his testimony, Steve Hayes, Director of Novus Medical Detox Center (http://www.novusdetox.com), pointed out that the Center for Disease Control says that a person goes to the emergency room caused by an overdose of opioids every six minutes and a person dies of an overdose of opioids every hour. (http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/pubs33/33775/index.htm) He said that while everyone sat politely in the hearing room that morning, four people had died and 40 people went to the emergency room from prescription opioids.

In response to complaints from the drug-funded pain consortiums that any restrictions on these deadly drugs would not be fair to patients with severe pain because they would require them to fill out additional forms, Hayes said, "Inconvenience? Are you telling me that it is not worth an additional six minutes if it might keep even one person out of the emergency room? Or even an extra hour to save a life? This is ridiculous. If you want to understand pain, ask the parent of the child that died because they took one of these legal heroin pills. Tell them that a pain patient doesn't want to be inconvenienced even though it might have saved their child."

Hayes said that one of his patients at Novus Medical Detox had said he was very upset with OxyContin because it was competition for the heroin that he used to sell and it forced the price of heroin down.

According to Hayes, OxyContin is interchangeable with heroin. He explained that patients at Novus Medical Detox Center say that when they couldn't get OxyContin they used heroin but they preferred OxyContin because they were more comfortable with its purity. Hayes firmly asked, "If heroin is illegal, why is OxyContin legal?"

In response to a question from an FDA panelist about whether banning OxyContin would not simply move the addicts to other opioid products, Hayes responded, "The Opioids and oxycodone have important but limited use in medicine. The real question is if the FDA is going to continue to reward an admitted criminal company like Purdue Pharma by allowing them to continue to sell this form of legal heroin. Purdue Pharma's lies have been implicated in killing many thousands and devastated the lives of tens of thousands more."

Hayes concluded by quoting from Dante's The Inferno. He said, "Dante said that the hottest place in hell is reserved for those who, at a time of moral crisis, do nothing. If the FDA doesn't take action to place serious restrictions on the availability of these opioids, then there will be a lot of them spending time in a very hot place."

Golbom and Hayes reiterated that it is vital that people visit http://www.BanOxycontin.com and let the FDA and the drug companies know that we are not going to stand for allowing the unrestricted use of these drugs to continue killing our husbands, wives, loved ones and children.

About Novus Medical Detox
While many medical detox programs take place in a hospital, Novus Medical Detox (http://www.novusdetox.com) specializes in handling drug dependencies in a private setting that is stress-free, comfortable and safe. The facility, set on 3.3 wooded acres, offers private rooms, TV, DVDs and Internet. Detoxification Programs at Novus provide detox services for people wishing to withdraw from drugs like opiates, heroin, psychotropics, alcohol, or benzodiazepines. Novus uses a Suboxone protocol for people detoxing from pain killers.

About The Prescription Addiction Radio Show ++ Breaking the Silence:
(http://www.prescriptionaddictionradio.com)

Hosted by Larry Golbom, a registered pharmacist for over 30 years, The Prescription Addiction Radio Show, sponsored by Novus Medical Detox Center (http://www.novusdetox.com), takes a cultural look at our prescription drug use in America and is dedicated to the thousands of families who are being or have been affected by the misuse of prescription drugs.

The Prescription Addiction Radio Show is dedicated to exploring some of the challenges we face in trying to turn around the explosion in the misuse of prescription drugs.

The Prescription Addiction Radio Show believes that addiction is a predisposed disease, whether created by poor personal choices or created from following the advice of your doctor. No individual wishes it upon themselves.

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