Second Drug Company Commits to Addictive TD Hydrocodone Painkiller

A second drug company has announced plans to market a powerful new form of hydrocodone.  Teva Pharmaceuticals, based in Israel, is predicting that sales of its TD Hydrocone could increase its revenue by up to $500 million within one or two years. Teva is joining San Diego based Zogenix who are planning to launch the drug under the brand name Zohydro. The new super painkiller will contain more than four times the amount of hydrocodone found in a single Vicodin tablet.  Many experts fear that competition between pharmaceutical makers to get the powerful new drug to the market will add to the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic.  There is also concern about lawmakers that this new drug could create a new class of drug abusers and fuel the prescription drug black market. According to Teva, TD Hydrocodone contains a 12-hour time-released formula and up to 45 milligrams of pure hydrocodone.  In comparison, Vicodin contains 10 milligrams of hydrocodone and is not time-released.  While other hydrocodone-based drugs have also contained…

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