McConnell, Coburn, Alexander Push For FDA Accountability On Its Approval Of Powerful Pure Hydrocodone Product

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senators Tom Coburn (R-Ok.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) wrote to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Wednesday to hold the agency accountable for decisions it makes that have the potential to negatively affect prescription drug overdose rates, misuse, abuse, and diversion.

In 2010, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, largely driven by opioids. The FDA has an important role to play in approving safe and effective prescription drugs, including opiates. The Senators requested information on the recent approval of a powerful extended-release, pure hydrocodone product that has the potential to worsen the drug abuse epidemic. 

In the letter to Commissioner Hamburg, the senators wrote: “We believe the approval of pure hydrocodone products without methods to prevent abuse, misuse, and diversion, including abuse-deterrent formulations, poses a significant danger to our constituents, as it could worsen the drug abuse epidemic in our country.” They went on to say, “We would like to know what safeguards FDA mandated for the product and we…look forward to hearing about your systematic approach to balancing the risks and benefits associated with access to innovative pain medication and any associated potential abuse, misuse, and diversion.”

The text of the letter is here.


Tennessee Human Rights Commission Releases Status Of Human Rights In Tennessee Report

The Tennessee Human Rights Commission released The Status of Human Rights in Tennessee Report on Friday at the commission board meeting. The Status of Human Rights Report is a compilation of testimony from the Spring 2014 hearings conducted in Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis. The testimony presents current issues, trends best practices,programs, possible solutions, ... (click for more)

Mark Crago Joins CHI Memorial Medical Group

CHI Memorial Medical Group announced that Mark Crago, M.D. has joined CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates Ooltewah. Dr. Crago is a graduate   Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD. He completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. "We are pleased to welcome Dr. Crago," said Nicholas G. Economides, M.D., vice president and physician ... (click for more)

2 Chattanooga Bounty Hunters In Jail After Man They Sought Not Home And They Take His Wife

Two Chattanooga bounty hunters are in jail near Atlanta after police said they took a man's wife away in handcuffs after the man they were seeking was not home. Khalil Abdullah and Kevin Roberson were charged with kidnapping, false arrest and false imprisonment. In an incident in Gwinnett County, police said the pair broke into a home wielding guns and found the man they were ... (click for more)

Bradley County Police Investigating Shooting; Victim Dies

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Georgetown Road. The sheriff's office said Sunday night that the victim had died. The victim's name has not yet been released.  A BCSO officer was waved down at the intersection of 25 th Street and Peerless Road by the driver of a vehicle who told the officer a gunshot victim ... (click for more)

When Black Friday Comes

So it’s Thanksgiving morning. You stumble out of bed and head to the bathroom to pee. Push the handle and away it goes (where does it go, anyway?) Better head to the kitchen and get the coffee on. While it’s brewing maybe a hot shower – love that gas water heater, I mean, it heats the water, and lots of it. Now time to enjoy a cup o’ joe and some breakfast while catching up with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UVa --Time For Change

The University of Virginia is, by any measure, one of the finest universities in the world. I have long admired it, whether covering dozens of sports events, cavorting with countless friends, or benefitting repeatedly from the surgical skills of the late world-class humanitarian Frank McCue. But today there is a terrible pall over “Mr. Jefferson’s university” – no, make that a ... (click for more)