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March 28, 2014
05:32 EDTZGNXZogenix issues statement on Massachusetts Zohydro ban
Zogenix issued the following statement regarding Massachusetts ban on Zohydro: We agree with Governor Deval Patrick's intention to curb the epidemic of drug abuse in Massachusetts. However, we are extremely concerned by his unprecedented action with respect to a specific FDA-approved prescription medication. We believe Governor Patrick's ban on Zohydro ER only serves to unfairly restrict patient access to the only hydrocodone pain reliever available for long-term, daily, severe chronic pain patients who are obtaining relief with short-acting hydrocodone combination products, but who are at risk for potentially fatal liver toxicity due to their daily intake of acetaminophen. Ultimately, the ban on the prescription medication will add to patient suffering in the state. Contrary to some recent media reports, most other opioid medications on the market are both equal to or more potent than Zohydro ER, and all are available in higher strengths per unit-of-use than Zohydro ER. Claims that Zohydro ER is "more powerful" or "more addictive" than other commonly prescribed opioids are not supported by scientific data. Over the last 12 months, more than 360,000 prescriptions for extended-release opioids were dispensed in Massachusetts, and a significant majority did not have FDA-approved abuse deterrent claims. We fail to see how banning the sale of a single new product will achieve the governor's policy objectives when all of the products that are currently part of the epidemic remain available for sale in the state. We are disappointed that today legitimate severe chronic pain patients in Massachusetts received a serious blow in their efforts to find relief for the suffering that affects their, and their families', daily lives. We look forward to engaging with the governor and his representatives to review the safe use measures already in place.
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08:33 EDTZGNXZogenix reports positive development on U.S. District Court ruling
Zogenix commented on the order issued by the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts upholding its prior decision that imposing regulations to restrict access to Zohydro ER Extended-Release Capsules, CII, violates Constitutional law. The court's decision supports the importance of upholding the principle at the heart of this case, which is that the FDA is the only regulatory body that is authorized to determine the approval and access of medicines for all Americans. On October 25, 2013, the FDA approved Zohydro ER for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate, and today's decision preserves access for those in Massachusetts who may benefit from its medical attributes and sets a precedent for other states seeking to unjustly restrict access to Zohydro ER. Zogenix will continue to work to ensure patients have access to Zohydro ER in every state in a manner that is consistent with all extended-release opioids.

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