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Purdue Pharma's Killer Surprise for American ChildrenMarianne Skolek-Perez Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter
Addicting 7 to 16 year olds to hard drugs is not a happy surprise.
(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - On September 14, the FDA Advisory Committee will be holding a hearing on Purdue Pharma's new "blockbuster" opioid called Butrans. It is targeted for severe pain in children ages 7 to 16 years old.
There is not a doubt in my mind that once the FDA approves this latest killer opioid presented by Purdue Pharma, it will be off-labeled marketed as OxyContin was for all pain levels.
This time though children are the guinea pigs and Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sacklers will in all probability double their profits.
Below is the FDA Advisory Committee posting on the hearing scheduled for September 14. Since the FDA functions completely with impunity -- no accountability, conscience or responsibility to the safety of the American people, the FDA does not have to list who Purdue Pharma's expert witnesses will be at the hearing. The hearing will also not be webcast to the public.
There is little outrage from the public in Purdue Pharma targeting children as young as 7 years old with yet another Holocaust of death in an FDA approved opioid.
The organizations pushing for the use of Suboxone and Naloxone in the treatment of drug addiction in adults may want to pitch a dosage conversion table for these "miracle treatments" when children become hopelessly addicted to Butrans.
As a bit of history for those not knowledgeable, in the late 1990's, a little known pharmaceutical company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut unleashed a powerful prescription opioid called OxyContin -- after approval by the FDA.
OxyContin is infamous now as being a dangerous opioid responsible for tens of thousands of deaths and addictions throughout every state in the country. We now have states of emergency in the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic.
The surge of heroin use has also been attributed to the widely prescribed OxyContin.
Purdue Pharma's revenues rose sharply over the years from approximately a few million dollars a year to billions of dollars a year thereby making the Sackler Family (owners of Purdue Pharma) one of the ten richest families in America.
In 2002 after losing my daughter to prescribed OxyContin, I made it my mission to learn everything I could about the marketing of OxyContin. My research led to working with the Department of Justice and charges being lodged against Purdue Pharma for the criminal marketing of OxyContin to physicians and patients as non-addictive.
I also testified against the criminal pharmaceutical company in 2007 when they pleaded guilty in federal court to charges against them and also in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
As I was researching and uncovering more and more criminal marketing of OxyContin, I also was emailing and faxing correspondence to the FDA.
The FDA over a short period of years had mailed Purdue Pharma no less than 12 warning letters about their less than honest marketing of OxyContin. At one point, I received a telephone call from Tom Abrams, director of the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP).
Mr. Abrams sounded as though he were annoyed that I would be questioning the lack of action by the FDA against Purdue Pharma.
I challenged him with "how many warning letters do you plan on sending Purdue Pharma because Mr. Abrams, they don't appear to be listening to you?" His reply stunned me. It was "We don't have the manpower to police Purdue Pharma."
My closing remark to him was "And you don't think Purdue Pharma doesn't know that?" Mr. Abrams hung up on me.
How many warning letters do you imagine the FDA will be sending Purdue Pharma about the criminal marketing of Butrans?
A blind eye by the public compliments of Purdue Pharma and the FDA -- a perfect storm for your children's worst nightmare.
Scary? You bet it is.
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UPDATED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INFORMATION: September 14, 2017:
Joint Meeting of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement
UPDATED INFORMATION (as of 8/17/2017):
The public participation information has been changed for the September 14, 2017, joint meeting of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.
The committees will discuss supplemental new drug application (sNDA) 021306, for BUTRANS (buprenorphine) transdermal system submitted by Purdue Pharma L.P., evaluating BUTRANS in pediatric patients ages 7 through 16 years for management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate.
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