It is NOT a "new" drug, it is NOT "indicated for use as an as-needed analgesic." It's just time-released hydrocodone bitartrate.
The over 40 organizations requesting it's FDA approval being reconsidered are NOT organizations that are pro "war on drugs", these are patient-oriented advocacy groups for the most part.
A time-release version of hydrocodone bitartrate IS extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. It's ridiculously easy to abuse, to OD on, and is a very real hazard to the public.
People posting hare seem to think this is some revolutionary new drug - it simply is NOT. There is nothing "new" about this drug at all, except that it's hydrocodone bitartrate stuck into microspheres so that it's gradually released over 12 hours. That's it. That's all. So the entire dialogue here about the war on drugs and people not caring about pain management and all that garbage is entirely misplaced and irrelevant.
This is a well known schedule II drug in a new delivery form that required very little money to develop, and the bulk of funds spent to get it approved are PR related. Patient advocacy groups are pushing-back at this kind of parasitic behaviour by drug companies because it always results in more deaths and more ER visits.
I'm more than a bit shocked and dissapointed at the highly rated comments here, clearly slashdot is NOT the place where you're going to find well informed or even competent people talking about the insane antics of the drug companies, much less the organizations that oversee the FDA's abysmal failures and infiltration by people who's primary interest are profits, and NOT the patient...