New zombie medical drug to hit the streets

New zombie medical drug to hit the streets

by Jon Rappoport

March 14, 2014

It’s called Zohydro.

Clinical Psychiatry News (3/13) has the story. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is protesting FDA approval of the drug. He’s written a stunning letter to US Health and Human Services head, Kathleen Sebelius.

…Sen. Manchin noted that the FDA approved the drug ‘despite strong opposition from its own Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee.’”

This is highly significant. The FDA turned its back on its own panel of new-drug reviewers.

Senator Manchin continues:

Simply put, the FDA’s approval of Zohydro ER, in its current form, must be stopped before this dangerous drug is sold to the public… [Zohydro] has up to 10 times as much hydrocodone as Vicodin and Lortab and will come in a formulation that can be easily crushed, snorted, and injected.”

In other words, Zohydro, used as a pain killer, is a nightmare. If you’ve ever taken Vicodin, imagine a pill with ten times the strength.

In his letter, Manchin raised questions about the drug’s approval. ‘I am deeply troubled that the reason for Zohydro ER’s approval may be linked to allegations that the FDA gave manufacturers of prescription drugs the opportunity to pay thousands of dollars for the privilege to attend private meetings with FDA officials,’ he wrote, citing news reports. ‘Allegations have been raised that a new, scientifically questionable methodology for drug approval was created at these pay-to-play meetings.’”

The FDA has denied any improprieties regarding those private meetings, which the agency has said were intended to help the FDA better evaluate evidence from clinical trials.”

Then let’s see every word of those private meetings. The FDA is a public agency. Let’s see exactly what went on in those secret meetings.

For background: On July 29, 2012, Martha Rosenberg published her interview with former FDA drug reviewer, Ronald Kavanagh, for Truthout. The subject was FDA retaliation against its own people who didn’t follow orders on approving new drugs, but instead relied on evidence.

Kavanagh: “…widespread [FDA] racketeering, including witness tampering and witness retaliation.”

I was threatened with prison.”

One [FDA] manager threatened my children…I was afraid that I could be killed for talking to Congress and criminal investigators.”

Kavanagh reviewed new drug applications made to the FDA by pharmaceutical companies. He was one of the holdouts at the Agency who insisted that the drugs had to be safe and effective before being released to the public.

But honest appraisal wasn’t part of the FDA culture, and Kavanagh swam against the tide, until he realized his life and the life of his children was on the line.

What was his secret task at the FDA? “Drug reviewers were clearly told not to question drug companies and that our job was to approve drugs.” In other words, rubber stamp them. Say the drugs were safe and effective when they were not.

Kavanagh’s revelations are astonishing. He recalls a meeting where a drug-company representative flat-out stated that his company had paid the FDA for a new-drug approval. Paid for it. As in bribe.

He remarks that the drug pyridostigmine, given to US troops to prevent the later effects of nerve gas, “actually increased the lethality” of certain nerve agents.

Kavanagh recalls being given records of safety data on a drug—and then his bosses told him which sections not to read. Obviously, they knew the drug was dangerous and they knew exactly where, in the reports, that fact would be revealed.

The Matrix Revealed

We are not dealing with isolated incidents of cheating and lying. We are not dealing with a few isolated bought-off FDA employees. The situation at the FDA isn’t correctable with a few firings. This is an ongoing criminal enterprise, and any government official, serving in any capacity, who has become aware of it and has not taken action, is an accessory to mass poisoning of the population.

Fourteen years ago, the cat was let out of the bag. Dr. Barbara Starfield, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, on July 26, 2000, in a review titled, “Is US health really the best in the world,” exposed the fact that FDA-approved medical drugs kill 106,000 Americans per year.

In interviewing her, I discovered that she had never been approached by any federal agency to help remedy this tragedy. Nor had the federal government taken any steps on its own to stop the dying.

And now we have Zohydro, a new drug ready to hit the streets. You’ll know it when you see more zombies walking.

Senator Manchin has just introduced a bill to slap down the FDA approval of Zohydro (official press release and copy of bill here).

Here are official black-box warnings contained in Zohydro packaging:

* Long-acting hydrocodone exposes patients and other users to the risks of opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse, which can lead to overdose and death.

* Serious, life-threatening, or fatal respiratory depression may occur.

* Instruct patients to swallow Zohydro ER capsules whole; crushing, chewing, or dissolving capsules can cause rapid release and absorption of a potentially fatal dose of hydrocodone.

* Accidental consumption of even 1 dose of hydrocodone, especially by children, can result in a fatal overdose of hydrocodone.

* For patients who require opioid therapy while pregnant, be aware that infants may require treatment for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome.

* Prolonged maternal use during pregnancy can result in neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, which may be life-threatening and requires management according to protocols developed by neonatology experts.

Your FDA at work.

Jon Rappoport

The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

16 comments on “New zombie medical drug to hit the streets

  1. Honesty starts with openness. It’ clear the FDA is interested in neither.

  2. brusplace says:

    Is there something new here? Oh of course, the latest plate of poison.
    Talk about auditing the Fed, how about dealing with this monster?

  3. JimBob says:

    I’d like to have just the West Virginia and Kentucky franchise on that stuff. No more Oxy runs to Nashville needed.

  4. B. Mohr says:

    How and when will the FDA ever be dealt with? It seems everything I read about the FDA is the same old stuff. If you want the truth Follow the money, pitty.

  5. Jim Mooney says:

    No surprise here. Drug companies and Monsanto own our totally corrupt FDA. The proof is on most milk cartons. If they refuse to use rGBH, the FDA forces them to say it’s okay. No other food has to do this. If you omit artificial anything from your cookies you aren’t forced to praise it. This is a “special” rule made for a “special” company. You can bet at least one high-paying revolving-door job came out of it.

  6. NancyH says:

    Let’s face it the FDA doesn’t work for the benefit of the people, only for the benefit of themselves, time to dump this agency since it has done nothing much to help us. If anything they turn their back on dangerous foods and drugs until they have killed so many people why bother to have them anyway!

  7. Jarrod says:

    I live in the state of West Virginia (Huntington) of which Joe Manchin is a senator and I can personally attest to the horrific effects that opioids have already had on the area. They have also directly affected my friends and family. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by these type of drugs where I live. The local hospital has its own floor, a ward exclusively for new born babies who were born addicted to opioids. I have witnessed the trembling, withdrawaling babies, lined up under heat lamps with little cardboard sunglasses on, myself. At the time there were more than 30 babies there and I’m pretty sure that’s the norm (and considering the small population here, this makes the percentage of babies born addicted some of the worst, if not THE worst in the entire country). For teenagers and adults, if they do make it through gauntlet of addiction, (oxycontin and dirty heroine overdoses, legal encounters with law enforcement etc.) there are methadone clinics and suboxone treatment facilities that also reap the financial benefits. This is HUGE business that trickles down and infests every element of the people-farming apparatus. It is a common site to see long lines of people (sometimes overflowing out into the streets) waiting in line for these drugs, which were deliberately designed to be just as addictive as the drugs they are claiming to help people transition off of. I’m sure it’s bad everywhere but I do believe, statistically, this area is the absolute worse and the people here know it. This may be one reason why Manchin is publicly attacking this new drug, to bolster support for upcoming elections. I don’t know anything about it however, just thinking aloud. Because let’s face it, he’s just as dishonorable a human being as any other person in government.

  8. LaChanan says:

    How disingenuous! See email. Post it here, if you like.

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  11. nikita says:

    well no one can do anything about it just let the dope heads get it maybe just maybe a zohydro/ crackhead will become one of the fda nightmare so just sit back and watch if i was a fda member i think i would be a little affraid that some idiot that got their hands on that new drug they approved will be on their hit list people crazy now oh we havent seen anything yet its comming

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