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14 September 2009 @ 02:50 pm
Petition to Stop FDA From Taking Away Our Pain Meds  
Action Alert from The American Pain Foundation: "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering advice from its Advisory Committee that would eliminate all prescription acetaminophen combination medications (like Vicodin, Percocet). In addition, they are recommending taking the 500 mg (extra strength) dose of acetaminophen (the medicine in Tylenol) off store shelves and make it available only by prescription. These changes could negatively affect people suffering from pain who rely on these medicines every day."

Please sign our petition urging the FDA to use education rather than eliminating these vital options.

We can all agree that acetaminophen needs to be used with care, given that overdoses or combining with alcohol can lead to severe liver damage. Other than putting information on the label we believe a campaign of public service announcements and education by doctors who prescribe combination medicines could adequately solve the problem.

I, personally, rely on Vicodin for my migraines since I am not allowed to take constrictive medications like Imitrex. I don't know what I would do if that were taken off the market entirely.
Ms. F.goodbadgirl on September 14th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, for the love of Pete! WTF?

I hate the FDA so damn much. I don't have the energy to go into it now, but they are so damn corrupt so much of the time. Hate.

I am signing, thank you for sharing.
Ms. F.goodbadgirl on September 14th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
Do you mind if I re-post?
Tapatitapati on September 15th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Please do!

I get their concern about liver failure, I really do, but educate people, don't deprive others of drugs we need!
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Tapatitapati on September 15th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Thanks for passing it on!
Erik: klonopineriktrips on September 15th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
They're just looking for an excuse to ban small-time opiods. If they gave a damn about the acetaminophen risks they'd favor introducing painkillers without the APAP for those who find relief without its synergistic effects and keep the old formulas for those who need them, letting doctors actually determine what is healthy for their patients!

But we can't have that.

Tapatitapati on September 15th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
I'm sure that's part of it. They're also trying to make the 500mg acetaminophen prescription only. If people would read the labels and get a clue, they wouldn't need to think about doing this.
lunaetstellaelunaetstellae on September 16th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
I may be showing my total ignorance, but I have never understood why certain OTC meds in higher doses are prescription-only. I mean, what is stopping someone from purchasing 250mg acetaminophen OTC, and just taking TWO at once? Don't they get the same result?

I had this kind of situation with an orthopedic dr who insisted on keeping me on Naproxen, but at a higher dose his prescription tablets were for, even though I told him I had been taking Naproxex on my own for several months -- buying them OTC and taking the same dose he was insisting on prescribing.

This seems to me to be part of the scheme to gradually remove OTC meds, herbals, vitamin supplements, etc, and to make these prescription-only. Requiring dr. prescriptions, unnecessary appointments and their co-pays, inflated prices for these items, etc, all contributing to the increasing mess we have with the medical insurance situation and bigger profits for big pharma.