Dangers of new hydrocodone drug

04/08/2014 10:04 AM

04/09/2014 6:18 PM

Re "Hospitals in Vt., NH reject powerful painkiller" (sacbee.com, April 5): I am a pharmacist who works part time for a large retail chain. I get prescriptions every day that are suspicious, either because of the doctor or because they are for cash for narcotics.

California has a program called California’s Controlled Substance Utilization, in which a health professional can sign up and see if a patient is getting narcotics from other providers. However, it is not readily available when I am at a store. Zohydro has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. It is a long acting hydrocodone and has no crush and shoot protections like Oxycontin.

I would like to have the state Board of Pharmacy make it mandatory that all pharmacies have access to "CURES," so I can check before I fill a prescription if it is OK to fill it. Other states have this and so should we.

-- Dan B. Kaufman, Ventura

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