Zogenix released a press release today confronting what it calls “rampant misinformation” about its painkiller oral drug Zohydro ER. The company emphasized the important patient needs its drug fills, in particular for those who are in chronic pain.
Zohydro ER is the only FDA-approved extended-release, oral formulation of hydrocodone without acetaminophen intended for the management of pain reaching levels that necessitate round the clock, long term opioid treatment and for which no alternative treatments exist. The drug drew the ire and criticism of many opponents as well as support from regulatory authorities. Among the drug’s most prominent opponents is Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who issued a state ban against the drug on the grounds of a public health crisis declaration.
The company has since then implemented a series of measures to defend its product, including taking legal action in federal court against the Governor’s state ban on Zohydro. In addition, Zogenix made the following statements regarding Zohydro:
Zogenix asserted that its product deserves to be judged on its medical merits and benefits, not on the basis of media reports. The company also said it will continue to distribute accurate information to address common misconceptions about Zohydro. “On behalf of patients and the doctors who serve them, Zogenix will continue to demand due process and fair treatment for our medications and our company. We are dedicated to responsibly serving people suffering with severe chronic pain and the health care professionals who treat them, while doing our very best to set a new standard of transparency and commitment in delivering on our promise to patients,” Zogenix concluded in its press release.