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Two Appalachian Congressmen Ask FDA To Reclassify OxyContin

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two Republican congressmen from Appalachia are asking the federal Food and Drug Administration to reclassify the powerful painkiller OxyContin.
Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers and Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf want Oxycontin prescriptions to be restricted to people in
severe pain.
Currently, the drug also can be prescribed for moderate pain.
Rogers and Wolf sent a letter yesterday to the F-D-A citing
recent admissions that the company and three of its current and
former executives misled the public about the drug's risk of
addiction.
F-D-A spokeswoman Sandy Walsh says the agency will review the
request.
Purdue Pharma spokesman James Heins says the company doesn't
believe patient access to medicine should be restricted because of
misstatements made six or more years ago.
West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw sued Purdue Pharma in 2001. McGraw accused the company of dishonestly marketing the painkiller in the state. Purdue-Pharma agreed to settle the case in 2004 for ten million dollars.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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