FDA Pulling Pain Medication Opana ER from Market, Is This the Beginning of the End for Chronic Pain Sufferers?

FDA Pulling Pain Medication Opana ER from Market, Is This the Beginning of the End for Chronic Pain Sufferers?

By Staff.

And here comes the FDA!!!!!  In a first-of-its kind, the FDA has removed a previously approved opioid medication – Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride) – from the market because “the benefits of the drug may no longer outweigh its risks.”

“We are facing an opioid epidemic – a public health crisis, and we must take all necessary steps to reduce the scope of opioid misuse and abuse,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “We will continue to take regulatory steps when we see situations where an opioid product’s risks outweigh its benefits, not only for its intended patient population but also in regard to its potential for misuse and abuse.”

First it was CDC’s pressure on doctors and stigmatizing patients that led to tight restrictions and decreased availability of opioids for those who take them legally and with necessity to manage pain. And now, it’s the regulatory arm of government swinging to the fences.

The agency said that data showed a “significant shift in the route of abuse from nasal to injection following the product’s reformulation.” The agency added that “injection abuse of reformulated Opana ER has been associated with a serious outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C, as well as cases of a serious blood disorder (thrombotic microangiopathy).”

So, the FDA has pulled a pain medication from the hands of those who had been legally prescribed the medication because it is associated with outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C due to addicts sharing needles.  Perhaps a better course of action would be to focus on the problem of sharing needles.  Certainly, pulling Opana ER from the market will result in addicts turning to other sources of a high, while the individuals who used the medication legally and responsibly have to suffer or try to find alternative ways to manage their pain.

The FDA’s decision follows a March 2017 FDA advisory committee meeting where a group of independent experts voted 18-8 that the benefits of reformulated Opana ER no longer outweigh its risks.

According to an FDA press release, “Opana ER was first approved in 2006 for the management of moderate-to-severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic is needed for an extended period of time. In 2012, Endo Pharmaceuticals replaced the original formulation of Opana ER with a new formulation intended to make the drug resistant to physical and chemical manipulation for abuse by snorting or injecting. While the product met the regulatory standards for approval, the FDA determined that the data did not show that the reformulation could be expected to meaningfully reduce abuse and declined the company’s request to include labeling describing potentially abuse-deterrent properties for Opana ER (emphasis added). Now, with more information about the risks of the reformulated product, the agency is taking steps to remove the reformulated Opana ER from the market.”

“The abuse and manipulation of reformulated Opana ER by injection has resulted in a serious disease outbreak. When we determined that the product had dangerous unintended consequences, we made a decision to request its withdrawal from the market,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This action will protect the public from further potential for misuse and abuse of this product.”

More from the FDA press release:

The FDA has requested that the company voluntarily remove reformulated Opana ER from the market. Should the company choose not to remove the product, the agency intends to take steps to formally require its removal by withdrawing approval. In the interim, the FDA is making health care professionals and others aware of the particularly serious risks associated with the abuse of this product.

The FDA will continue to examine the risk-benefit profile of all approved opioid analgesic products and take further actions as appropriate as a part of our response to this public health crisis.”

Chronic pain sufferers and healthcare providers should take notice of this last statement.

Shares of Endo Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENDP) have plummeted 16% as of this writing.

In a press release, the company had this to say:

Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) is aware of today’s announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that Endo voluntarily withdraw OPANA® ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended release) from the market. Endo is reviewing the request and is evaluating the full range of potential options as we determine the appropriate path forward.

While the benefits of opioids in treating and managing pain are widely recognized, the misuse and abuse of these products have increased greatly in the U.S. As a pharmaceutical company with a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of pain management, Endo feels a strong sense of responsibility to improve the care of pain for patients while at the same time taking comprehensive steps to minimize the potential misuse of its products.

Despite the FDA’s request to withdraw OPANA® ER from the market, this request does not indicate uncertainty with the product’s safety or efficacy when taken as prescribed. Endo remains confident in the body of evidence established through clinical research demonstrating that OPANA® ER has a favorable risk-benefit profile when used as intended in appropriate patients.

FDA Drug Safety Risk Management and Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committees Meeting Outcome

On March 13 and 14, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Drug Safety Risk Management and Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committees were convened to discuss pre- and post-marketing data about the abuse of OPANA® ER, the product’s overall risk-benefit profile, as well as the abuse of generic oxymorphone ER and oxymorphone immediate-release (IR) products. 

While the Advisory Committee members voted 18 to eight, with one abstention, that the benefits of reformulated OPANA® ER no longer outweigh its risks, more than half expressed their preference that OPANA® ER remain on the market, but with additional regulatory restrictions to mitigate the risks of misuse and abuse.  

What’s next?  We want to hear from you.

Subscribe to our blog via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Authored by: Staff

There are 184 comments for this article
  1. Former-Opana-User at 6:08 am

    The blood disorder they’re referring to is a rare disease (sorry at the moment I can’t think of it) but those of us who took the med orally are NOT going to get it! It’s from using needles and injecting the anti-abuse agent that’s in Opana Er.

    Also, those of you now getting generic Oxymorphone, don’t assume your insurance will continue to pay for it come 2018! Mine isn’t going to. I have gone through HELL since September 1st and the removal of Opana ER. I was on 30mgs 2xday for over 8yrs and the instant release for breakthrough pain. My pain management (not the same doc who eventually figured out Opana was perfect for me – metabolized differently by the body) has had to change me twice in 6 weeks. I have spent the past 2 weeks in horrible withdrawals! Not being believed that I was having symptoms (been going to this doc over a year without issue). I think because I was dropped so much in just 6 weeks and I have been on Opioids for years my body reacted. Make sure you all have plans for changes and what you and doc will agree upon BEFORE it happens!! I am now on my 3rd change but this time she finally put my dose back up.
    Apparently they have to address for cross intolerance when changing meds (not from brand name to generic) so your dose may get dropped to avoid overdose. They do it to save their own ass but as in my case it was the opposite of ODing. I had way too low a dose in my system. Wasn’t believed that I was in withdrawal – she claimed she didn’t drop me enough to cause withdrawal. I SUFFERED for 2wks before a change! Don’t let this happen to any of you! Have a plan!!
    Opana was a Godsend for so many yet because of the irresponsibility of others we have to face the consequences of it being pulled!

  2. Dorian Grey at 12:08 pm

    I just finished listening to Trump speak about opioid addiction and that they are pulling an opioid of the market. Don’t know if speaking of Opana ER or another one. I have taken the same dosage of oxy for years. Am I still in pain, yes, but it’s bearable. Without the care of my Pain Specialist all these years I would have given up. Just like others who have written here I have blood work taken w/o notice to check my levels. My prescription has no refills and new SCRIPTS have strict dates so I can never have more than exactly prescribed.
    It gets me so angry that people & Dr’s with no thought to their health put people in REAL & TRUE PAIN in a path of suffering.
    Why do we never hear about us in all these speeches & declarations? As usual the people causing trouble get the attention. We need a Dr, a politician & an expert on drug addiction who can speak for US!
    If we are going to reputable physicians with background in pain management and are not being written massive doses of pain meds, have regular blood tests than we should be free to follow our Dr’s care plan w/o interference from government.

  3. gingin at 7:44 am

    This is perhaps the most idiotic attempt to deal with drug abuse & misuse that I have ever encountered. This is like blaming a particular brand of alcohol for alcoholism, or blaming a certain type of revolver for suicides, or blaming a particular brand of tanning bed for skin cancer….. IT IS LUDICROUS! Addicts who inject drugs will inject anything that they think they can get that feeling from. The act of Shooting the drug is just as much of an addiction as the drug itself. Just as those who snort their drugs….. snorting is an addiction in and of itself. Making those who are completely innocent and are in dire need of this medication will be the ones who truly suffer. The shooters will continue to shoot whatever drugs they can get, and they will continue to share needles, and they will continue to use dirty needles, and taking Opana off the market will NOT have any positive results! For those who shoot the drugs, they will resort to other drugs, possibly those that are far more dangerous, and for those that really need Opana, their quality of life will diminish drastically. Many will take their own lives as they have lost the only medication that made their lives and pain tolerable. But the ADDICTS, THE SHOOTERS, THE SNORTERS, WILL CONTINUE TO DIE FROM DISEASES CONTRACTED FROM SHARING & USING DIRTY NEEDLES, FROM OVERDOSING, FROM MAN MADE DRUGS LIKE HEROIN, BECAUSE THOSE OF YOU WHO MAKE THE LAWS, THE RULES, THE DEMANDS, EVALUATE THE STATISTICS, WEIGH THE BENEFITS VS RISKS, DON’T HAVE A CLUE HOW TO ATTACK THE REAL ISSUES, SO YOU ATTACK THE DRUG & THE COMPANIES, AND THE PATIENTS WHO RELY ON THESE MEDICATIONS TO HAVE A HALFWAY NORMAL QUALITY OF LIFE!

  4. Paul at 7:03 am

    I was informed today by my pharmacist that this is probably my last Rx for Oxymorphone ER 20 mg (generic). This is such a weak argument as this medication being the root cause of an HIV outbreak ? Like blaming a small block V8 engine for car accidents, and discontinuing production. I have RRMS for 25+ years and L5S1 disc herniation and I thank God I have a neurologist that is not “afraid” to treat my pain properly and effectively. It took us 2 years to find an effective regimen now back to the drawing board. This is just the start folks, all opiates will be targeted and removed from the market, and those of us in pain will be the victims. In NY they made it more difficult to get these medications, and thought the problem would disappear, instead of causing a spike in heroin abuse, any idiot knows this.

  5. Megan Jones at 9:39 am

    Hello everyone, Megan here (obviously.) :] I am 33 and had 2 back surgeries before I was 30 due to excessive softball I played, and a fall at my boyfriends fraternity house when I was in college (ECU, go Pirates! 💜☠️💛.) My first surgery was a laminectomy, and although successful, did not manage all of my “issues.” My second surgery was implantation of a spinal cord stimulator. I’ve read quite a few of the comments, and did not see this mentioned. I will eventually have to have a fusion, but my surgeon does not feel comfortable at this time because of my age, and how many levels will have to be fused. Anyone who does not know what a SCS does, I urge you to research. I know for a lot of you that would mean another surgery, but in my experience it’s been worth it 10x over! It does not “fix” anything persay, but it does “trick” pain receptors from reaching your brain. I’ve read that some people do not like the sensation accompanied by the stimulator, (think TENS unit inside your body) but honestly I enjoy it, because it does feel like a TENS. You charge it via a wireless charging wand, and can have the settings adjusted quick and easy by your representative. For example St. Jude is the manufacturer of my SCS. There is also a unit by Boston scientific, as I’m sure others. As of the beginning of this year, settings without the sensation were approved, and I go to have that programmed next week. If anyone is interested, you can email me at princessp0823@gmail.com and I will update you after I have that done, or answer any questions you may have. I also had issues with finding a medication that worked, and I currently take Nucynta ER 200mg along with Norco 10/325 tid for breakthrough pain. This combination has worked amazing for me. I will say though, without insurance, it would be VERY expensive. They do offer coupon cards which brings my $80 copay (with ins) down to $30. As I said, I’ll be happy to answer any questions anyone may have. People who don’t live with chronic pain, have no idea the lives we lead. How sometimes getting out of bed is a miracle, and if I could possibly help someone with information, I’d do it all day long. Stay vigilant pain warriors, do not let them take away our voice. xo

  6. John at 12:14 pm

    Opana ER is still on the shelves as of yesterday. I’m not sure if the pharmacy ordered a bunch or what. I went from the generic to the name brand because believe it or not that’s the way my insurance covered it. They dropped the generic as an option and now no more Opana when it’s gone. I’ve had pain for 22 years and Opana and 1 or 2 Vicodin a day was perfect. Now for the 1st time I’ve been referred to pain mgmt. Just because my doctor was scared into it. I saw him every 3 months and I never did a drug test. He trusts me. The drug testing and high cost of seeing a “specialist” is a way for them all to make money. All because of the bogus “Opioid Addiction Crisis.” Just follow the money. Probably most of us never intended to be dependent on relieving our pain everyday and none of us sought opioids in particular. Now that millions of us are it almost seems like a plan. Give us something non-opioid that works then. It’s that or nothing? It’s pain mgmt & testing & injections or nothing? It’s a huge part of this war on drugs. Pain patients need to demand to not discriminated against & extorted. These lawmakers don’t have a clue. We have the worst president (brother died from drugs/alcohol), AG (law & order total freak) & Governor (spent millions to have 3 or 4 people research the cause) to have regarding this issue. I write to all politicians all the time and remind them elections have consequences. I’d even consider voting Dem if there’s one that cares about ALL of us. Take care and take action!!!

  7. melissa at 8:44 pm

    I was taken apana 30 and my insurance company stopped paying for it so now I take oxymorphone 30 mg extended-release… I am so glad they are not taking it away from us. it’s the only medicine that has worked for me. I have back and other issues and if it was not for oxymorphone Idk what id do. I am a little confused because I have been reading that it’s different than opana
    ER but my bottle has “oxymorphone…generic for opana.”
    If someone could reply back and kindly explained the difference that would be great!!! bless you all!

  8. Beth D at 9:44 am

    Beth you hit the nail on the head with everything you said it is all about the junkies in Indiana I live in Ohio it was on the news here when it first happened I said then I bet they take my medication off the shelves because some ignorant drug addicts decided to use dirty needles inject this pill how on God green earth could even think or imagine someone doing is beyond me but I knew right then they were going to probably take it away from legitimate people such as everyone of us in pain who do get urine pill counts lock our medication up we pay for there wrong choices of course I feel horrible for there family’s but again they made that choice. I’m thankful to still have my medication that like every one else gives us some quality of life is my pain gone no is it enough to bear to still work yes spend time with my grandkids yes without it NO I could not !! Chuck Hematoma yes I also got on in the back of my neck extremely painful from an injection my doctor however is doing nothing about mine it is painful apparently I need to see another doctor about this because it has been 4 months now still there I deal with the pain in my neck and shoulders from it I did not realize it would take a surgery to go away. So another surgery along with my cancer has returned just keeps getting better (NOT) !! i am glad I did come back on to read a few more comments however. I have learned a lot such as the FDA recording and writing I have been likewise writing Congress Whitehouse everyone I can about this also as far as rare blood disease again I don’t think so like you said we all would be getting tested for it ! Its all about the Indiana incident we all should know this I have for a very long time. !

  9. William Dawson at 7:40 am

    By taking painkillers away you are just going to drive people to do the one thing you do not want them to do and the one thing u cannot control.. HEROIN.. SO GO AHEAD THINK YOUR DOING THE WORLD A FAVOR.. YOUR NOT!

  10. Beth at 6:11 am

    Hi Vickie
    First of all, I’m so sorry that you had someone hit you and cause so much pain and problems. I don’t know how you did all of those surgeries and all that went along with them, and still work. You’re a fighter ❤

    Opana ER is oxymorphone. When I was on it, I was given the generic versions quite often. Sometimes my script included differently sized pills…simply because that is what they had on hand to fill it. My insurance would always prefer the generic versions from the name brand, because of cost.
    Some people say they can tell a difference between the name brand and the generics…but I’ve taken both and honestly never noticed any difference.

    Try looking online, compare the two. You’ll find different opinions….but the medication is essentially, if not entirely, the same.

    I hope it goes well for you 🙂

    There’s always hope. Write your representatives, call them….do anything you can think of. You can write the commission that President Trump created as well. I’ve been writing to President Trump almost every single day since this was announced back in early June. I’ve written to attorney generals in other states that have enacted ridiculous laws and are suing the pharmaceutical companies. I’ve received responses from the White House, the commission and the attorney general of Missouri. Just do what you can.

    We can’t sit idly by and watch them take away what helps us to simply exist…because you’re spot on…we aren’t the people who have caused this problem and going after the legitimate prescriptions, isn’t going to have any implications on the addicts. They’re always going to find something else to abuse….we, sadly, don’t have that option.

    Hang in there, we have to fight them. We have no choice.

  11. Vickie at 10:07 am

    I went to my normal pain management clinic visit 2 weeks ago and was shocked to hear that Opana ER will no longer be available. My pain dr tests my urine and does a pill count each visit to ensure his patients are taking their prescribed doses and not abusing or selling their meds. I have no issue with any of that because it does not affect me. I need the medication and take the med as prescribed. Now I will be getting Oxymorphone ER as a replacement. Ok, if it works the same then no problem. Now today I hear that the FDA has been asked to possibly ban some more painkillers. They have 180 days to respond to a request by a group of family members who have lost people to drug abuse. It is a citizen petition. I am sorry people have abused and died from drug overdoses. That, though, is not my problem. I am responsible with my medications. I do not leave them lying around the house where anyone can get their hands on them. I did not ask for a person to almost kill me in a vehicle accident 11 years ago that broke me into pieces. I did not ask for part of my body to be put back together with titanium rods and multiple screws. I did not ask for the 9 surgeries it took to try and help me walk again. I was in my 30’s when this happened. I do remember thinking life expectancy is 75 years old or older and I did not know how I would possibly live that long in pain. So now I will wait 6 more months to see if the Government is going to monkey with MY pain control again and decide if I am worthy for continued pain medications.
    I am a productive citizen in society, I work full time, pay my taxes and do not rely on any assistance. Opana ER did NOT make me sleepy or fuzzy and allowed me to function as a normal adult with a decent quality of life. There are things I have had to give up due to the amount of pain that I still live with daily. Opana ER did not get rid of all of the pain but made the pain level low enough to live with it. I went to the pharmacy in late August to fill my RX and actually got Opana ER for the last time. I guess when I refill later this month it will be Oxymorphone instead. Does anyone know if the Oxymorphone ER is going to affect me differently? Is this going to make me sleepy? I need to be clear headed to work. The DR said it won’t be any different. But reading comments where Opana worked better for them than Oxymorphone really worries me.
    I do hate that people decided to abuse drugs. I hate that parents are grieving over their child’s death from a drug overdose. BUT, what about ME?? What about MY pain control? Where are my rights to live with less pain? Has anyone here had their Opana ER changed to Oxymorphone ER and having problems from it? Is there a group of responsible people trying to oppose this “concerned citizen committee”? Is there anything that can be done to stop the FDA and others from bullying drug manufacturers into taking their meds off the market?

  12. Tommy at 6:19 am

    It’s just the name brand
    opana er made by endo pharmacy…they didn’t get banned the FDA and CDC asked Endo pharmacy to pull all opana er of the self and Endo pharmacy complied because if the FDA would have banned them then Endo would have lost their Patton that the fought for in court and won but Oxymorphone ir & ER will still be available..I don’t know how makes the IR but global pharmacy makes the ER but I was told that those 2 types will remain on the self….I figure Endo will go back to the old formula because I think they have figured out that people are going to abuse these meds no matter what it is or how it is made….I know this this has shook up the PM world and people are scared and I am one of them

  13. Beth at 5:11 am

    From what I’ve heard, only the extended release version was willingly withdrawn (plans in place for this now) by Endo Pharmaceuticals. Some are saying that the immediate release is still available.

    I’m not trying to be “debbie downer” but I sincerely hope that anyone calling the FDA for information…..some of which has been shared here (much appreciated) is recording their calls with whomever they’re speaking with from the FDA.
    I find it a little bit curious that they’re claiming the ER version was in their sites, so to speak, because the deterrent factor is causing some blood problem or whatever. That wasn’t mentioned in anything I’ve read about this drug, since they announced their intentions to remove its availability.

    What was initially stated in early June was this: “The FDA said it made its latest decision based on a review of all post-market data, which suggested that when the company reformulated the medication, people were injecting it more than they were snorting it. This method of delivery also caused a serious outbreak of hepatitis C and a serious blood disorder, according to the agency.”
    The FDA denied Endo Pharmaceutical’s request to to include a label that would describe its reformulation as having abuse-deterrent properties.
    They did this because they thought it would fuel the people choosing to abuse drugs, to find a work-around.

    I think it’s important to consider….how long have we all taken this medication, in the prescribed manner, WITHOUT this “mysterious”….”serious blood disorder” ….EVER happening to any of us….and we’re a very, very, small representation of the people who have been on this medication.

    Every single time I have had a surgery, outpatient or involving a hospital stay, encountered a new doctor….not once did they even know what Opana ER was. They didn’t have it in stock at the hospitals…I had to have my husband bring my bottle from home.
    Ask yourselves, if it was indeed causing this “serious blood disorder”…..wouldn’t we have heard about it? Would they not have intervened earlier than they did to “protect the population” from this problem?

    If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck…..it’s probably, a freaking duck.

    The fact is, this so called serious blood disorder, was NEVER mentioned prior to the incident that took place in Indiana. THAT is what caused them to go after this drug. And yes….people died and people became infected with HIV and Hep C from sharing dirty needles. Then those two diseases spread because of other and likely, similar, unsafe….careless, reckless and intentional, activities.

    I wouldn’t bank on anything that anyone has been told about the off label formulations of oxymorphone, by the FDA. They cannot be trusted.
    Since 2010, they have approved at least 7 different opioid drugs with a deterrent factor.

    The reason…and the ONLY reason for this particular version being attacked, stems from the idiots in Indiana. They had to appease the families of the people who died and the people who were infected…and guess who’s going to foot that bill? 🤔 The taxpayers…just like we’re footing the bill for all the clean needle, safe places, to shoot up with your illegal drugs.

    The FDA isn’t honest about what they’re telling you when you call them. You’re lucky if you’re connected to someone who speaks English, let alone has factual information about this. They’re telling you what sounds good. What will stave off further outrage by the people who never abused Opana ER to begin with…the people who are scrambling to find something else to replace it…and then further scrambling to find a pharmacy that might actually fill it.

    So, just be wary….record and document every person you talk to that represents the FDA. I’d sadly be willing to bet just about anything….that Opana ER is merely the beginning…and the reasoning behind their decision….is only going to grow to include even more outlandish reasons for what they will yank next….and then after that and on and on….

    I wouldn’t trust an agency tasked with “protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices” that waited over 2 years to “protect” us all from the evils of this drug. It’s ludicrous.

    If it was honestly causing some strange blood disorder, wouldn’t we have heard about it, experienced it, or had read about even the smallest chance in the fine print, under possible side effects? Wouldn’t our doctors have been testing us for this possible problem?

    That is why I call bull^%#$. It’s not PC to say to a consumer who calls the FDA….”we went after this one first because some stupid junkies decided to cook the deterrent factor away, swapped dirty needles and now there are more than 400 supposed…cases of HIV and Hep C”…..that just doesn’t flow off the tongue like “Opana ER’s deterrent factor was causing a serious blood disorder”
    It wouldn’t place the blame for what happened to these people in their own hands….IF they were actually honest about the REAL reason… they’d have a feeding frenzy on their hands…how dare yous and those poor addicts and no one understands the “epidemic”….blah, blah, blah

    So no, they’re not going to be honest. They’re telling you what sounds good. And I truly hope you’re not buying it.

  14. Misty M at 10:54 am

    Is the immediate release being pulled as well or just the ER?

  15. Tommy at 1:12 pm

    I take Oxymorphone er and I called the FDA and they are not taken it off the self… Oxymorphone er isn’t even a generic it is a totally different pill because of the way it is made…there is no generic for Opana er that is why your Dr has to write it out for Oxymorphone er what ever mg but I talked to the FDA pharmacy department and they said Oxymorphone er and Oxymorphone it will remain on the self….the pills the FDA is looking at is the pills with the tamper proof stuff in it because it is causing a blood disorder or dieses call something that starts with a T and is a mile long…..I went to my PM Dr and got my meds like I do every month…my Dr is very strict and I have to follow those guide lines or I’m out the door….they urine test me every month and it’s not no stick test and the blood test me 2x a year at random I don’t know when they will do it but I know they will plus they do a pill count on me…they can call me at anytime and I have 2 hours to get to their office for a drug test and pill count and I pass everytime and I see it getting alot strickter….I hate to say it but I am starting to think that they will put an end PM and I don’t know what I will do and frankly I’m scared because I can not deal with all the pain…I can’t hardly walk as it is and they want to do 2 more surgery’s on me so that would make 7 in all …6 on my low back 1 on my neck…what are we to do…I feel that it’s not our fault that someone is sticking needles in their arms…legs..were ever they can and we are going pay for it they are addicts so when they can’t get the pills they will go and get herion well Im not a drag addict and I will be screwed because I’m not be doing no illegal drugs.. period

  16. Chuck at 6:19 am

    Can you provide the name of the alternate medication that worked for you? I have an appointment today and would like to see if my doctor has heard of it. Please email me if you don’t want to post here. chuck@the-mcclellans.us

    Thanks for the help,

  17. William Hancock at 7:13 pm

    Hello all,

    I have been taking Opana ER 20 mg for over 3 years now. I have had 5 spinal surgeries since 2003 due to being rear ended in a vehicle in 2003, rear ended again in 2004, rear ended again in 2005. I also had to have a revision surgery in 2009 and then had to have a hematoma removed in 2010 due to a failed epidural injection at a pain clinic.

    I have a titanium plate and 4 screws in my cervical spine c5-c6. I had a discectomy of L4 and then had two lumbar fusions because the first one failed between L4 – Sacrum and a metal cage installed up front to hold it all in place. Last but not least I was split back open to remove the hematoma during the botched epidural.

    Current MRI’s show that I have narrowing of the thecal sac of my spine from top to bottom and at some point I will require more operations, but I am trying to avoid them for as long as possible.

    I take my medications 20 mg Opana ER twice a day as prescribed and I use 10/325 Percocet three times daily to fill in for the breakthrough pain. For most people this combo would knock someone out, but for me it allows me to function normally everyday. I am a elevator mechanic. I spend time with my wife, kids and grandkids all the time and I am able to get up, move around and exercise every day. The only reason for me being able to do these things is because of the medications that I am prescribed by the pain clinic that I go to.

    I have to go every two months and take constant urine screens to make sure that I am not abusing my medications and I pay a lot of money out of pocket to do so. The flip side of that is, I can function as a normal human being without a lot of restrictions. Everyday my pain level remains at a 5 with my medicines, but without those medications my pain level increases to a 9, sometimes a 10.

    I have tried pretty much every combination of medications in the past to help, but none were successful except for Opana/Precocet combo. I have taken Dilaudid, Oxycontin and Morphine. Most of these were two strong and knocked me out. I tried Kadian and I was allergic and my ankles and knees swelled up so bad I couldn’t walk. I tried the pain patches, I tried cymbalta and the other non narcotic and it was inaffective. I refuse to have a pain pump installed inside my body. The risk are way to high.

    I guess what I am getting at is this. It took me a few years of trying multiple combinations of medications to find something that worked for me. Even the regular Opana fast acting non ER version did not work the same.

    Now that I am finally stable and finally working a great regimen and functioning normally, I have to loose my medicines because the drug abusers outweigh the people that really need them.

    What can I do to be able to keep getting my much needed medications? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  18. Connie at 2:42 pm

    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. We were out of town. Yes, my new doctor left me on the meds I had been on and we are going to work over the next few appointments to try and find a med or combination that works. He was a very professional doctor and very thorough and thoughtful. He listened to my concerns and understands how hard this is for chronic pain sufferers who take meds as prescribed and pass drug tests, etc. such a shame for us to have to suffer unnecessarily. I do think this doctor will work to try and find me the best solution. I want to be positive and give it a shot, but past history for the years I did take other meds was no good. Good luck to you. I hope you have a doctor who understands and will try their best to help you.

  19. Elizabeth at 5:42 am

    I’ve asked for specific pain medications by name, several times in the two decades I’ve unfortunately had to take them.
    I believe that it has a great deal to do with your relationship and time, that you’ve had your doctor. I’ve had the same physician for over half of my life, I’ve always been straight with her and she has afforded me the same courtesy. My pain management doctor, I have a great relationship with as well. I also, like many of you, have a contract with his clinic.
    I have way too many allergies to medications to simply remain silent and take whatever might be thrown my way. But I also have a different relationship with both of my primary physicians tham maybe most people.
    When I have to go to the ER, I always text one of them or call them at home before I go. That way, not only am I treated like a human and not some junkie, I don’t end up waiting for hours, to be seen.
    I am very lucky to have the physicians that I do and the relationship with them, that we have. I know that isn’t the “norm”….but I’m grateful that it is my normal.

    There isn’t a generic form of Nucynta, but when I was on it…there were always coupons available on their website that my pharmacy would use. It is expensive….I was always thankful once my insurance was maxed and I didn’t have to pay for that any longer.

  20. Chuck at 8:09 pm

    Hello Everyone,
    I’ve been on Nucynta for a week now and pleased to say it does help. Other than a little constipation it did help relieve my pain. I have 4 crushed vertebrae(burst fractures) that occurred while serving in the military, so I deal with pain every day. I won’t bore you all with my history. I’ve been on Oxymorphone for several years and still can’t believe the FDA is stopping production. The one issue with Nucynta is they don’t offer generic. It’s very expensive if you don’t have insurance.

    Has anyone else had luck at finding a good replacement for Opana?

  21. Tim Mason at 7:27 pm

    Person who asks for drug by name my screw him or herself. Be careful
    People that ask for Oxycodone get Prescription strength Ibuprofen.

  22. Elizabeth at 5:18 am

    I have taken Nucynta in the past, for about 4 years. It worked relatively well until my doctor increased the dosage. I started to have severe itching and that was when I was switched to Opana ER. Opana ER worked very well for me, for years. When they announced their intention to remove it initially, I spoke with my doctor and we switched to Embeda. I took Embeda for two months and I was miserable. It didn’t begin to touch my pain levels. So a month ago we switched again, to Oxycontin.
    I wouldn’t say that Nucynta is anything like Oxycontin. They’re both powerful pain relievers but Nucynta is not a pure opiate pain formulation.
    I really hope that Oxycontin is not the next one they’re going to go after. I’ve finally found something that actually works better for me than even the Opana ER did.
    I also wouldn’t bank on their saying they’re not going to pull the generic versions of oxymorphone. They went after Opana because of some foolish people who intentionally cooked the deterrent away, the generic versions have no deterrent factors.
    Honestly I still don’t believe that they’re going to stop until they’ve taken every option away. They have yet to connect the dots and realize that it’s not these pharmaceutical grade drugs that are killing people. Even fentanyl has gotten an unfair rap due to the street version of it and the intentional mis-reporting of making a distinction between the two types. So now, everyone who never had even heard of fentanyl…automatically assumes it’s going to kill you.
    Their guideline statistics from 2015 (the CDC) have been proven to be inaccurate by so many different, reputable sources…and yet, they continue to scare states into enacting ridiculous laws…that only accomplish the further punishment of the chronic and intractable pain population.

  23. Tommy at 2:04 pm

    Ok everyone that was on opana er just have your Dr switch you to
    Oxymorphone er _ mg but your Dr has to write it for
    Oxymorphone er thanks for sharing I am glad to because pain is no joke and I have suffered for 30+ years I think we all can take a big breath of relief….I have been praying every morning & night that good would take care of us all Amen

  24. Tommy at 11:32 am

    I can’t take Nucynta either it’s basically oxycotin under a different name…i have dealed with chronic pain for 30+ years with 7 back surgery’s and the want to fuse 2 more levels in my lower back and fuse 2 levels in my neck but the only way Oxycodone will help me because I have took so much of that medicine I would have to take 6 30mg ir 1 every 4 hours even though my Oxymorphone is no where near as strong as 6 Roxy 30s it’s a total different medication so my body reacts to it different that is why people like me that has had to deal with pain for so long that 95% of the meds want help that’s why the ones like me are so Afraid of this opaner being banned but I take Oxymorphone er made by global pharmacy but when I talked to the FDA they said the oxycotin with the op on them are next to be pulled…I think they have finally figured out that people are going to abuse these drugs no matter what tamper proof or none tamper proof they will find a way to manipulate the meds…I think that people like me and 100% of all the people on this post should not be made to suffer because of 129 addicts because that is all the CDC interviewed and said they shot up opana along with oxycotin..there was 169 out breaks of HIV & Hip C and they had that blood disorder or what ever it is but the CDC went on 129 people ..129 People is why the CDC and the FDA asked Endo pharma to pull opana er off the shelfs so basically 129 people in southern Indiana and a few cases in East TN is the reason we have to suffer which sucks imo

  25. Beth Dockery at 8:25 am

    Tammy Gregory Connie and everyone YES YES YES THANK GOD there leaving the oxymorphone that’s what I have been on for year’s also. I’m so relieved to know my pain will still be managed with my medication the only medication I have been one from my one and only pain doctor for 6 year’s mine does do urine test as all should. He does not over prescribe. Agree why should we suffer for what these addicts do it doesn’t seem right makes me angry find a way to control the pill so it does not get sold abused whatever. Leave this one alone I pray they continue to leave it and not take it off the market next. There has to be a better way to control it rather than take them off the market for us who it works so well for I continue to work because of this medication without it I couldn’t get out of bed so happy there leaving it.

  26. Tim Mason at 6:59 pm

    I took Nucynta for two weeks but it gave me the SSRI headache. In some people it increases the intracranial pressure much like Cymbalta. It is good pain medication but I could not take it.

  27. Tommy at 3:57 pm

    Gregory Connie
    How did it go at the Dr appointment did they just switch you over to Oxymorphone er I’m sorry to ask I’m just interested in what they did…I’m sorry to ask but I would like to no what they did I have to go to my PM Dr this week and I hoping they just leave me on the meds I been taking for 6+ years it’s the only med that I can take that takes pain away with no side effects when I take my meds all I can tell is pain is going and I can walk….if you don’t want to discuss it I understand thx Tommy

  28. Gregory Connie at 4:20 am

    I want to thank you for replying to me. I finally have an appointment on Monday with a pain management doctor. It seems to me that I initially took 5 mg oxymorphone as a booster when needed when I first started taking Opana ER. At that time I was on 20 mg ER. I didn’t find them effective, but I never took a larger dose of oxymorphone alone. I am grateful to you for taking the time to write me. I have seen several comments from others suggesting the same thing. I am certainly hoping and praying it works. I have only been in pain for nine years. I feel so bad that you have been dealing with this chronic pain situation for thirty years!! I am in total agreement with you regarding the feeling that those of us who have been suffering with chronic pain for years are being punished in large part due to individuals who choose to abuse the Opana ER by shooting up or misusing it in other ways. It took several years and much pain and suffering before my doctors tried me on Opana ER. I love the fact that it helped my pain tremendously and I was able to function so much better in my daily life. Two other awesome things happened as a result of being on the OpanaER. I have never had any side effects or feelings of euphoria or dizziness or sleepiness (I did not want to be out of it, and I wanted to be out of constant pain and aware and able to function and try to live my life), and from testing they know Opana ER doesn’t adversely effect your liver and kidneys as much as other meds do. I thank you again and will ask the doctor on Monday if we can try the oxymorphone. Wishing you continued good results and to be as pain free as you possibly can be. I do wish we would hear more in the media regarding what can be done to keep chronic pain sufferers who do not abuse taking their meds, regularly see their doctor, and are drug tested to prove they are taking the meds as prescribed. I hope this alternative medicine helps to relieve your chronic pain while we are waiting for a solution for people who really need it, and that Enyo quickly comes up with a tamper-resistant replacement for Opana ER QUICKLY. Thanks again.

  29. Tommy at 6:04 pm

    Connie just have your Dr put you on Oxymorphone 30mg er made by global pharmacy because even though it is Oxymorphone 30mg er it is a totally different formula than Opana er so it is a entirely different pill even though it’s basically the same thing but it’s not they are made by global pharmacy and they are not pulling them off the shelf that is what the FDA told me because I was just like you worried to death because of Chronic pain and this medication is the only thing that works after having to deal with pain for 30 years….I too was so afraid because with out the meds I cant hardly walk and quality of life will be gone….I take my meds as percribed and why should we be punished for something we didn’t do…..imo it sucks that we have to pay for some that is sticking needles in their arm and doing what they are doing I hope everyone is able to stay on their meds because Chronic pain is no joke and 30 years is a long time to suffer

  30. Sharon Dobie at 5:57 pm

    I am in extreme pain from 3 spinal cord injuries along with Arthritis and fibromyalgia and MS. I am suffering and in so much pain.I have to take a drug test to prove I’m not abusing Opana er, I don’t think it’s fair to take the drug away for the people that need it and aren’t abusing it and need it!

  31. Connie at 1:54 am

    There is no need for me to go into all the details of my pain problems as everyone on here has chronic pain. I have never met anyone who had even heard of Opana, so it is nice to know that there are people besides myself who actually take this medication. I was in terrible pain and for the first 3 and 1/2 years unable to find any relief from the various medications they put me on. Then about six years ago my new pain management doctor tried me on Oxymorphone, and eventually we found Opana ER30 mg. worked for me. I was thrilled to be able to function again, and not be involuntarily shouting out in pain every time I moved. I have never had any side effects, no feelings of euphoria, and could finally sleep at night. I have been on Opana ER 30 mg. for over six years and have never asked for, or felt the need for, an increase in dosage, I have never failed a drug test, and I have never missed an appointment. The fact is Opana ER Works for me.

    I was devastated when my doctor told me the FDA was taking Opana ER off the market. I sat in his office crying for a good half hour as I remembered the pain and what I went through to finally find a medicine that works for me. I am devastated that those of us who do not abuse our medicine are being treated as if you are a drug addict. What about all of us who have chronic pain and have already tried so many alternatives that do not work? I just moved out of state a few weeks ago and am being treated like a criminal when I call doctors offices just trying to get an appointment when you say you are on pain meds. You don’t even have to say what brand. I am not kidding when I say I spent two days trying to find someone to take me on as a patient. My appointment is Monday, and it is also the last day of my prescription. I have ni idea what they are going to do, and I am scared.

    PLEASE NOTE: I called and spoke to pharmaceutical company. There was some misinformation out there including what my doctor thought. It doesn’t make much difference, but I thought some of you might want to know that they told me Opana ER would still be able to get filled through December. They also said that after the FDA decided to make Opana ER the first opioid medication they were taking off the market, that they made a deal rather than go through a legal battle to go ahead and take it off the shelves in December, and that they were once again going to make it even more tamper resistant so that it couldn’t be crushed and shot up. Then, if they are successful they will get a new patent. Unfortunately, no one knows how long this will take.

  32. Tommy at 3:13 pm

    Hi everyone I take
    Oxymorphone 20mg er 2x a day and I just got off the phone with the FDA and Oxymorphone er made by global phramacy is not going to be banned it will remain on the self here is the
    #1800-332-1088 when it answers push #9 for the extension 0065 her name is Holly and she is a pharmacist for the FDA I thought I would let you all no that way you can tell your Drs to put you on Oxymorphone er made by global what ever mg you take I hope this put you all at ease

  33. Chuck at 8:27 pm

    I started taking Nucynta today as a replacement for Opana ER and wanted to let everyone know I’ll keep everyone updated on my progress. I’ve heard good and bad after many hours of searching online for people that have been on Nucynta. It was the first recommendation from my doctor that knows his stuff. I’m also taking Opana IR 10mg. and not sure if that will last. No one has a straight answer if the IR is going away too.

    How is everyone else doing? Don’t forget we are all in this together.

    Take care,

  34. Jeniferlyn at 3:23 pm

    Please know how lucky you are..I moved 7 years ago and had to change doctors. This dr. Has gone from helping me to: ” find your own pain dr. to comply with Wa State regulations or as of Sept 1 you are not a patient “. I am DESPERATELY Searching for a doctor in Eastern Wa. “Do no harm” is difficult to find now.

  35. Connie at 1:19 am

    M Bileaudeaux, what planet are you on? This won’t become an issue in the future it already is a huge issue! Sadly unless we can get friends, family and aquaintents to get involved we’re sunk because after all we’re just a bunch of drug addicts! It’s going to take an awful lot of noise from the non pain patients to get the attention of these imbeciles to change their misinformed minds about anything to do with the war on pain patients and their providers! Somehow they have to see the dollar signs in NOT taking our medication from us as they see them in making us all addicts!

  36. M.Billeaudeaux at 7:59 am

    Without our pain medication many of us could not function daily. This is a huge fear for me, the government becoming involved in telling us what medication our doctors can prescribe to us. I take pain meds daily, I work, I am active and I am productive. Without my medication I would not be able to continue. I would probably be bed-ridden most of the time.
    I cannot urge you enough to email or write or call you congressman, Senator Price and also the president. I heard on CNN the other day that most of the addiction issues lie with physician over prescribing pain medications, if they start controlling this we may see an end to our pain specialists in the future. The drug addiction issues lies with the individual persons and their families, not the doctor who prescribes for medical benefits. The answer is awareness, education, intervention and follow-up, not taking away the medications that help many of us. This will become an issue, believe me, in the very near future and without us being proactive in preventing this from hurting us or our doctors, please, please contact your representatives NOW.
    Thank you

  37. Beth at 7:31 am

    Opana wasn’t a money maker for Endo Pharmaceuticals. It accounted for around 160 million dollars of their 400 billion they made in 2016.
    I think they were probably tired of jumping through the FDA hoops with this medication. When it was reformulated, they wanted to disclose that information but were not allowed to by the FDA because the FDA believed that doing so would make people try harder to work around the deterrent factors. Then the FDA claims that Endo didn’t do enough to promote the fact that Opana ER had been reformulated and they failed to adequately advertise the deterrent factors that were implemented.
    Either way, they had no chance….the drug didn’t make them enough money to bother fighting the FDA over it, IMO.

  38. Beth Dockery at 2:38 am

    Maureen yes mine told me the same thing that it is not the oxymorphone only the name brand opana that’s being pulled she went on to explain that they are totally two different pills with different compounds they only find the name brand as the ones being abused I’m with you on this I only hope she’s right. Praying that she is. Thsts what I’m on the oxymorphone most are on the generic because even a prescription can be wrote for opana they would not fill it as oxymorphone . I recently actually fell up in that problem waiting on my 6 month preauthrazation they wrote me a prescription for 14 it was memorial day weekend and it wass not going to get approved before I ran out so he wrote me a prescription for 14 opana they had to have the doctor call before they could even fill them. So lets all hope this is correct information.

  39. Tim Mason at 12:47 am


    Be careful. You may be reading FAKE NEWS. If you want to know what is going on with Opana ER go to the FDA website. This is commonly known as “Going straight to the horses mouth”
    Do you own research, Just pick up the phone and call them or visit their website.
    Everything you want or need to know is there, In fact, you can sign up to get on their mailing list and get a monthly drug report, medical device report, the list is endless.

  40. Maureen at 7:04 pm

    My pharmacist told us that the only notice they’ve received is about Opana ER.
    I’m sure hoping that’s all she’ll hear.

  41. Muck Maureen at 11:41 am

    I can’t help but wonder who is benefiting from this. Why would Endo Pharmaceutical just cave & stop production of a very successful & money-making med.

  42. Alternative to Opana--rae at 12:34 pm

    I posted “Dr.Confirmation” about Opana below. My Dr. suggested Xtampsa?? Never heard of it here or anywhere? Let me know if you have or anyone has knowledge of this alternative.

    Also: while watching a popular news program-there was a ticker tape scrolling along bottom of screen: as follows:

    Dea proposes 20% reduction in manufacture of commonly prescribed opioid pc & other controlled substances for next year: proposal comes as US regulators & law makers take steps to limit supply of opioids amid epidemic of abuse. Attorney Jeff Sessions earlier this wk unveiled plan to go after Doctors & pharmacies suspected of >”health care fraud” < by over-prescribing. W.H. commission formed to combat drug epidemic/crisis are stating opioid over doses kill 142 Americans a day! With over dose deaths now surpassing deaths by gun homicides & car crashes combined!

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS: "wow–did they include the murders on the streets of Chicago in these statistics & if only they gave a darn about that crisis as much as they're showing devout, unrelenting resolve/resourcefulness to this so called opioid crisis(war on PM!) !! What a sham!

  43. Beth D at 12:53 am

    As everyone else on here we are all in severe pain. We sleep horrible hours wake up can’t move to even get to the bathroom cry when my feet hit the floor worth around my bed like a person dying because I feel like I am. Yes the media and the FDA is the blame the overdose rate when looked at is a mix of pain meds with herion or something else if people would stop trying to get high and just take as prescribed this would not be happening it is the drug addicts fault that we all are going to suffer tramatically unfortunately. They are also pulling the oxymorphone IR all and any oxymorphone is being taken off the market 9/1 I see my pm on the 18 I will see then I guess if whatever does not work I will do what the government wants us all to do get on suboxen I think they must have stock in it the way there pushing it on us all trying to rather my insurance has to do a 3 day preauthrazation for my meds. I can not keep being sick when the time comes for all these changes severe pain I will suffer horrendously. Which is worse suffering horrendous pain AND BEING SICK or just suffering the pain. I’m at my end with it all my emotions are all over the place trying to wean down now I’m sick I’m suffering I can’t stand no more I don’t know if other people feel the same as me I’m sure you do. I have no answers I’m tired I’m in pain I can’t sleep and I’m sick. I’m just done yes if I had the guts I would blow my brains out. Just sick and tired of being sick and tired and in horrendous pain !! This is so wrong to do this just so un humane to make human’s suffer like this because of herion overdoses its not pain pills it may have used to be but no its not the problem they will see. !–

  44. Dennis Brassaw at 1:04 pm

    Chronic pain has pushed me to the edge more times than I wish to think about. I spent enough time contemplating suicide to come to the conclusion that any existence is better than no existence at all. To all the people dealing with the system that is manned with those that can not empathise with chronic pain sufferers, do whatever you need to persevere and existe. You must believe it will get better and pray this entire opioid crisis, AKA “stupidity crisis” tapers off just like I was tapered off my pain meds 3 months ago.

  45. Jennifer at 11:22 am


    I suffer from ehlers Danlos type III. I too am on oxymorphone ER. While I am beyond disappointed at this decision, I am very lucky to have an incredible doctor who is working with me on alternatives.
    I know it has already been said in the comments that 9/1 is the date opana ER will be pulled. However, this short article says that rx’s will be filled until the supply is depleted. It may give my doc & me just bit more time to get another med that works for me or allow me to wean off current dose.

  46. Tim Mason at 8:46 am

    “Now nuycenta you say please everyone post what’s working best for you I’m at lost over this”
    Nucynta was the best pain medicine I have ever tried. However, It is SSRI and you my have the same headache you get with Cymbalta. I took it for two weeks hoping this side effect would go away. I called the doc and they said STOP TAKING NOW. It can increase your intracranial pressure.
    Fentanyl patch is the way to go. No pills to take except for breakthrough pain.
    BEWARE: Asking for a medication by name will get you Ibuprofen 600 mg. Asking for any narcotic by name makes you look like a drug seeker and you will $crew yourself.

  47. Chuck at 8:39 am

    Hello everyone,
    Thanks for the quick replies. Does anyone know if Opana IR is also being taken away too or just the ER? I currently get the generic Opana IR 10mg for breakthrough pain.

    If we all stick together and help each other out we can make the best of the bad situation.

  48. Beth at 8:28 am

    I took Nucynta for about 4 years before switching to Opana ER. It definitely did not work as well as Opana did for me….the reason I had to change was because raising my dosage of Nucynta caused severe itching. It also has a built in anti depressant factor to it. In my opinion, it would be a step down from Opana in regards to effectiveness….but everyone is different, so it might work for some people. I never experienced any other side effects aside from the itching.
    Embeda was my first switch after they announced they were going after Opana. I did not last a month on it, it was not anywhere near the level of Opana in controlling or helping my pain. I saw my pain management doctor last week for a procedure and we switched from Embeda to something new that is working very well…..possibly better than Opana did.
    I am not going to name what it is on here.. (just know that there are alternatives that can work as well if not better, in my experience) …one of my posts prior to going to my doctor last week was never even posted. Not sure why as all I did was offer to ask him any specific questions about Opana because he is part of an advisory board…..I guess I will just read what everyone else says from here on out –
    This post probably won’t be allowed either…..no clue

  49. Tim Mason at 4:10 am

    One formulation removal is not the end for chronic pain patients. IMO you will get something different and perhaps better. I would gander that formulation is easily converted to an injectable drug and abused,
    the earlier versions of morphine sulfate were easily converted to heroin and injected.
    A pain management clinic can tell if a patient is converting their MS to heroin and injecting it.
    The specimen need only be less than 24 hours old to make this determination,
    I am not sure, but I will check and see if this formulation is listed as the top Rx in the diversion category.
    They simply cannot make anything fool proof, just as something was put together, there is a way to take it apart,

  50. Beth D at 1:15 am

    For Chuck I don’t know if my post went through accident hit it twice so the wall street journal July 21 read the article endo stopping all shipments of Opana as of Sept 1. By Caro Lombardo or lambargo I should of wrote it down but still should come up I have been Google medication came up with Exlargo I believe correct spelling Idk at this point I’m mad I hurt I’m sick of this is happening to us. Drug addicts so sick of pain meds that work being taken away over them. I have been on opana for 6 years it works I still just lost another job poor production because of pain even on opana I have only had my dose raised one time in y years so yes I’m glad now but I have looked into Embeda the Exlargo. Now nuycenta you say please everyone post what’s working best for you I’m at lost over this

  51. Stephen M at 12:32 am

    Nucynta is an SSNRI with mild opioid activity, like tramadol. It was a not quite opioid originally only approved for sorry term use in ERs to reduce Vicodin prescriptions.

    Unfortunately, nucynta is no replacement for oxymorphone. It can throw you into withdrawal. My wife was on oxycodone (the weaker oxymorphone prodrug) and put in nucynta with terrible results.

    Anyone on Opana ER should ask to be switched to an equal dose of generic oxymorphone IR. Duragesic is also an option, but switching to any other active ingredient means that you risk your doctor under converting your dose.

  52. Chuck at 12:08 pm

    Are they taking the 10mg IR off the market to? I’m on 40mg and 10mg for breakthrough. I’ve been taking Opana for 4 years due to injuries sustained while serving in the Army. I tried everything and Opana was the best and the least side effects. I’m really worried now but I’m glad I found this site and sad to see so many people like me. This is wrong on so many levels I don’t even want to get started. I spent years dealing with VA and not getting proper care. I had no choice and had to find a doctor in the civilian sector at my cost. After a year I found a doctor and with many trials we found Opana worked best for me but only after trying ever medication on market. Opana did exactly what I needed for pain and no side effects like most. So, life is bearable for 4 years and now I hear from my doctor FDA is pulling Opana. So, here I go again, try every medication and see which works best for you. I’ve got too much stuff going on with life to worry about medications. Why, why, why?

  53. Chuck at 11:44 am

    I’m in the same boat as you. What’s your options for medications after Opana runs out? My doctor is putting me on nucynta ER 250mg but I’m not sure how great it is. Any one else have any recommendations for other medications?

  54. Karen O at 5:33 pm

    Today I got my last rx for Opana ER 40 mg, twice a day. Been on them 9 years. It’s kept my percs for breakthrough at two a day. List is too long of what’s wrong with me to say, but I start every day writhing in pain. I’m serious. I writhe. It takes the Opana EXACTLY one hour twenty minutes to start helping. Slowly I hobble to the bathroom then and start my day. Some days start at dawn because I never got to sleep. Too much pain. God helps me while I wait to take that Opana ER 40 mg each morning through prayer and bible study. I don’t think my script will be filled though. Spent long time on phone with BCBS obamacare and they don’t know yet. I have to “run” it to see. That’s funny isn’t it?! Sounds like Pelosi’s “we have to pass it to see what’s in it” bull. What now? Heck if I know. Seeing the moronic PA next Thursday instead of my pain doc of 14 years because he’s had to start doing “procedures” to make money–has lots of obamacare patients. Lol! Got to say though I’m running scared. God help us all…

  55. Maureen Muck at 10:22 am

    Where did you find the info giving a specific date for ceasing production?

  56. David Cole at 12:26 am

    If our disabled, elderly and Wounded Warriors fear there government more than we fear terrorists what does that make them? That makes some terrorist! I really felt Common Sense would have came back into this picture by now. These people need to be charged with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, terrorism, tried in a court of law with 12 pain patients as the jury. I for one would have no problem giving them the death penalty and watching them die.

  57. Beth D at 7:35 am

    I am devastated to no end in hope here. Talking about suicide rates going up every one needs to read the article about them stopping shipments of any and all opana. , and oxymorphone.I believe also it is stopping oxycodone and one other I will have to re-read again for the tenth time because I’m still in disbelief they really are taking away so many people’s quality of life and some able to still work with this medication. Tim mason you along with many others nailed it the millennium doctor’s FDA generation they do not care or do they care to care exactly NO. Just where do we go from here SOME ONE HELP WITH AN ANSWER TO MEDICATION THAT WE CAN TAKE WITHOUT WITHDRAW AND SEVERE PAIN . Beth stated Embeds and Diladid which might be my answer Idk yet I don’t want to lose my job do to this I guess I’m finally broken enough to file for my SSD this is the final straw. Take away my medicine that kept me able to work and not pain free still I would practically crawl in the house to my bed after 9 hours in a factory. Before I was a server for 38 years my condition I can’t no longer do that so without opana I’m sure my working days are very limited. A long wait for approval on that but I’m signing up yes MR. Goverment you win. Your leaving a whole chronic pain group now into who knows what suicide , herion , who knows what a desperate person in pain will do our age group 50 – up are already dead to them.

  58. Beth D at 5:00 am

    It is official endo will stop all shipments of Opana of any kind Sept 1st.Also the generic which I’m on will also stop shipments then. My doctor still has not even mentioned putting me on another medication. Will people such as Beth did comment on what they are being switched to I am clueless. I am angry that because people in Indiana abused this drug we all suffer. No its not right its wrong. No way can the reformulated ones be abused. They were abusing the activas brand which has been off the market for some time now !- my God we all suffer because of addicts. Please what next ? This is ridiculous !!

  59. Tim Mason at 8:07 am

    I will drop these links here just in case some newcomers may have missed them in previous posts.
    The real opioid is heroin not RX medications as CDC says https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexicos-poppy-war-mexican-army-slideshow-wp-172436968.html
    They admit it is heroin not prescription drugs that is a problem. https://www.yahoo.com/news/the-campaign-heats-up-to-make-overdose-fighting-naloxone-available-everywhere-135455251.html
    Lying Statistics https://www.thefix.com/opioid-epidemic-exaggerated


    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/docs-warn-that-medicare-crackdown-will-hurt-pain-patients-235917?ref=yfp CDC and addiction centers backing down on reducing opioids

    Someone had to keep a rap sheet on the FDA/CDC so I took up the task. I have these and many more links available.
    You need to look at these and print them if you can before the Government takes them down from the web.
    I keep hard copies because if you have something in black and white the whole world can be falling apart and b/w documents stand up in court.

  60. Dr. Confirmation!! re:w/d of Opana at 8:56 am

    (F/u: to Robert below–re: my post: A sympathetic journalist?)
    My doctor confirmed they have been put on notice; Opana ER is pulled & no longer being manufactured. The reason patients are still able to fill the meds is because the warehouses are allowed to deliver until the remaining stock is depleted. My Dr expressed anger & disbelief as to why this is happpening & wanted to know if I & other patients understand the reasoning. Long story short: we are being denied meds that have worked for years (my case) because of the few cases of iv drug users sharing of needles & spreading hiv & hepatitis. Make no mistake: we are the scapegoats to a govt, over-kill, agenda to this so called opiod crisis!! This is what happens when politicians & govt. get involved in the Dr/pt relationship. My Dr. has a back up plan in place. Make sure you have this discussion w/your Dr. as well.
    As per my previous post: “A sympathetic
    I briefly touch on my CP condition & predicament under Suzanne Stewart’s article; “The Happy Challenge,” under the name: Loosing Hope.
    Also: if anyone wants to contact the journalist I mentioned; I might want to get the name spelled correctly; which is: Bret Baier on Special Report! The link is as follows:
    Thanks-Robert! I hope others will share their experiences & disbelief, along with the true stats (can’t repeat this enough) w/Bret.
    Rae* [tags:loosing hope/sympathetic journalist]

  61. Beth D at 7:53 am

    Thank you yes that is a huge help for me on deciding what to possibly do when the time comes to switch. I will ask for the same most likely see what my doctor says hopefully he will agree the bacoflen I have ask for I have a friend also takes opana he said without it he would probably blow his brains out it helps him so much .I ask my doctor for it be said no I have no idea why if I ask for something particular he seems to say no and I never ask for nothing. Idk. Just strange I guess. But yes this is a huge help as of now I’m still on the opana. He’s not mentioned anything about switching me he seems to believe they will not take it off the market so Idk. Your comment has helped me to understand more of possibly what to do when the time comes which I’m sure it will. Thank you. 😊

  62. Beth at 5:07 am

    For Beth Dockery,
    I was on 15 mg of Opana ER twice per day and my breakthrough medication is Dilaudid….4 mg to 8 mg as needed. I started at 30 mg on the Embeda and waited for my doctor and pharmacist to both state that Dilaudid would be okay to take with the Embeda and not activate the deterrent. 30 mg of Embeda hasn’t proven to be as effective as the 30 mg of Opana ER…so my dosage will be updated next week, after I see my doctor. They started me low intentionally….
    So far I can tell it’s definitely helping, just not at the level that Opana was.
    I was on Nucynta prior to Opana, and I did fairly well with that until we tried going up and then it made me itch. I’ve always had that problem with my pain meds until Opana came along, I tolerated the increased dosages very well with that medication.
    I also take Valium and Baclofen for spasms. I was on Belsomra, which is a sleeping medication but I have not had to take that very often for a few months now.
    I do think that I slept better with the Opana as the Embeda has the same tendency to keep me awake that Dilaudid has. I’m not napping in the afternoons, even though I feel tired….it just keeps me awake.
    Hope this helps you 🙂

  63. Mk at 9:57 am

    I still take Opana it has not been pulled from the market.

  64. Beth Dockery at 7:08 am

    For Beth
    What mg of opana ER were you on a day when switched to embeda. Also what mg of that were you started on? What is your breakthrough pain medication also if I may ask ? I’m wanting to figure out if this would be my best option also. I take opana ER 20 mg 2 ×day and 10mg of opana IR 2×a day. I’m totally on opana only for 6 years. If embeda will work for me I would prefer that also I really do not know a lot about pain medication I was on Vicodin when made to go to pain management due to doctor’s no longer allowed to prescribe pain meds so that’s what I ended up on. Anything else I do not know about and am looking also for advice. So if you would please respond to let me know of mgs and breakthrough could possibly help me when talking to my doctor I do not want to go into a withdrawal. I wake up in one now after being on this for 6 years and not wanting my dosage raised.

  65. Tim Mason at 6:24 am

    The war continues. ABC now stating on their morning show the Fentanyl is killing small children?
    It is fairly obvious that an illicit form, perhaps an analogue of fentanyl of clandestine manufacture is responsible.
    One thing that is not responsible is linking this incident to the made up Opioid Crisis.
    Some report a prescribing crisis and some report an opioid use crisis but fail to mention Heroin and Heroin cut with Chinese fentanyl as the culprit.
    I think the Crisis is in the MEDIA. or UMC (Uninformed Media Crisis).

  66. Robert Ivan at 1:26 am


    Fantastic idea. I have sent numerous pleas to news commentators for common sense or fair and balanced reporting on our shared issue. Unfortunately with no answer, but if Brent actually would report our side, we have nothing to lose.
    I will give it a shot and thanks for passing this along.

  67. Tim Mason at 6:20 pm

    Brenda, That is what the John Birch Society wanted to do back in the 70’s.
    I have lived 59.5 years and I have never seen a lack of common sense in Politics, social media, and Religion.
    Common Sense is gone. Basically the millennials feel everything can be done by a cell phone and employers cater to this group of people.

  68. Rae (A Sympathetic Journalist?) at 7:16 am

    I posted a comment elsewhere that is also suited for this area: see-http://nationalpainreport.com/the-happy-challenge-8834000.html#comment-206594

    I think we should contact Brett Baer and here’s why. After watching and hearing news about the (one-sided) opioid crisis night after night a few months ago, I caught something. Mr. Baer had a week long segment about the opioid epidemic. The media inundated viewers with a totally biased view that week. At the end of the week, Mr. Baer says, we will revisit this topic again, “& I’m committed to telling both sides of the story!” (ie: he mentioned several times during the week: CP patients are fearful of loosing their care or something to that affect). He repeated: as i said on THIS program: we will share both sides. He ends his program stating: “fair, balanced, & unafraid!” He is a true investigative journalist & he may be our modern day Stossel who aired a special many yrs ago about the torture CP patients were experiencing. I contacted Mr. Stossel a couple yrs. ago & received no response. Other journalists are not very accessible, but Brett Baer is. Let’s give it a try!! Someone here at NPR stated the top 10 causes of death & other stats, exposing the erroneous reporting on the opioid epedemic. I believe we need to state the true facts & lift the veil of deception when writing. Its over-due and time to fight back by any means possible.

  69. Beth at 7:49 am

    I switched from Opana ER to Embeda two days after the FDA announced their intention to remove Opana ER.
    I finished out my last month’s worth of Opana and started the Embeda. It’s one pill, every 24 hours. The side effects from stopping Opana ER even while having something to take….wasn’t much fun but after a week, they’re subsiding. Embeda has naltrexone in it…..I was worried about that not working with what I take for breakthrough pain, but my doctor has assured me that it’s fine to take it. The deterrent is only activated by people who would crush the pellets inside the Embeda capsule.
    Hopefully because of this type of deterrent….they’ll leave this one alone for a while. My dose will need to be bumped because we started off a little bit below the Opana for safety reasons…..so far, it’s okay….it’s not at the level that Opana was in regards to my pain level….but I can tell that it’s definitely helping some…it should hopefully be better when it’s strength is raised.
    Might be something to consider for those looking for what they can replace Opana ER with. I had the option of that or Oxy….and I believe they’ll go after Oxy next, so I went with this one.

  70. Robert at 12:00 pm

    Government Goal; limited availability for only the most desperately needed (short term only) elimination of all forms of opiate pain medication for the general public.
    Opana ER is simply the first on the check list. Soon detailed studies of the enormous dangers of 5mg Oxycodone will be propagated by illiterate experts on both Fox News & MSNBC.
    If you are a Veteran, the future of pain treatment for the general public is easy to extrapolate based The 2017 VA guidelines for Opioid therapy.
    Get used to the acronym O.U.D., as anyone who requires opioid analgesics is suffering from a mental disorder.
    Individuals who use between 20mg – 50mg are in peril of OUD.

  71. Tim Mason at 8:50 pm

    You are right Beth, coming off a narcotic requires the help of a professional. I had to reduce my OxyContin dosage prior to a total hip replacement so my pain could be controlled post op. It took a month to lower my dose. Cold turkey is very hard on your body. Nausea, insomnia, and feeling like you are 90 years old. Cold Turkey is not a recommend method by any professional. You will also need several days off from work depending on what you are taking, how much and how often, I am sure you have read the paperwork that comes with a narcotic prescription that states “Do not miss a dose, if you do take the next dose as soon as possible. There is a medical reason for that.
    A doctor that treats a patient like that lacks empathy.

  72. Beth Dockery at 12:43 am

    Yes I would like to know when and what our options are going to be ? Any one know this ? Like someone else I have been on this medication for six years through all the changes with it. It works the reason I stayed on it did not switch then . I honestly don’t know what to do I know the withdrawal from this pill is horriffic to say the least. I wake up in withdraw cold sweat until I take my pill and it begins to work. Any answers to what and when ???

  73. Robert Ivan at 12:00 am

    Now you should be asking yourself why we are still in Afghanistan. Is it to get rid of Osama bin Laden? He is dead.

    Could it be that Afghanistan controls 90% of the world’s Poppy Plant production?

    Prohibition –
    In 1927 the federal agents estimated gross income of Capone and his crew alone was $60,000,000 from beer and liquor. That is three-quarters of a billion dollars in 2011, according to the CPI Inflation Calculator (online). Also, in 1927 80% of Canada’s whiskey production was purchased by American bootleggers.

    Enterprising bootleggers produced millions of gallons of “bathtub gin” and rotgut moonshine during Prohibition. This illicit hooch had a famously foul taste, and those desperate enough to drink it also ran the risk of being struck blind or even poisoned. The most deadly tinctures contained industrial alcohol originally made for use in fuels and medical supplies. The federal government had required companies to denature industrial alcohol to make it undrinkable as early as 1906, but during Prohibition it ordered them to add quinine, methyl alcohol and other toxic chemicals as a further deterrent. Coupled with the other low-quality products on offer from bootleggers, this tainted booze may have killed more than 10,000 people before the repeal of the 18th Amendment.

  74. Robert Ivan at 11:31 pm

    History repeats itself again and again. all of this is nothing more than MONEY! Do you believe for a second that those in power, both political and economic are horrified by Generic Opioid Pain Medication?

    Perhaps the biggest secret of the Vietnam War is that our Central Intelligence Agency seized control of the infamous Golden Triangle during that time period, then, along with assistance from various elements of Organized Crime, shipped huge amounts of heroin out of that area into our country. Because piles of money were being made from this practice and many others, those who stood to profit from this horrendous war — the armament manufacturers, bankers, military men, and drug dealers — met any suggestion to withdraw from Vietnam with immediate consternation. But that’s exactly what John F. Kennedy intended to do upon re-election. In fact, he had already planned on telling the American people that their troops would be back home by 1965. Think about this momentous decision for a moment. If we had exited Vietnam by 1965, EIGHT years of bloodshed in the jungles and civil unrest on America’s streets and campuses could have been alleviated.

    Michael Collins Piper writes in Final Judgment: “Kennedy’s intended change in Vietnam policy — his plan to unilaterally withdraw from the imbroglio — infuriated not only the CIA but elements in the Pentagon and their allies in the military-industrial-complex. By this time, of course, the Lansky Syndicate had already set-up international heroin running from Southeast Asia through the CIA-linked Corsican Mafia in the Mediterranean. The joint Lansky-CIA operations in the international drug racket were a lucrative venture that thrived as a consequence of deep U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia as a cover for drug smuggling activities.”

    Piper’s simple one-paragraph explanation may be the most concise overview of the Vietnam War ever written. The military men and defense contractors were making out like bandits from the War Machine, while the CIA crooks and Lansky-led Mobsters (via Santo Traficante as the major wheeler-dealer) were likewise padding their pockets. Author Peter Dale Scott, in Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, said of this phenomenon, “The flood of drugs into this country since WWII was one of the major ‘unspeakable’ secrets leading to the ongoing cover-up of the Kennedy assassination.”

    To provide a broader perspective on this situation, Professor Alfred McCoy stated in The Politics of Heroin, “Since the prohibition of narcotics in 1920, alliances between drug brokers and intelligence agencies have protected the global narcotics traffic. Given the frequency of such alliances, there seems a natural attraction between intelligence agencies and criminal syndicates. Both are practitioners of what one retired CIA operative has called the ‘clandestine arts’ — the basic skill of operating outside the normal channels of civil society. Among all the institutions of modern society, intelligence agencies and crime syndicates alone maintain large organizations capable of carrying out covert operations without fear of detection.”

    On the government side, the two main Golden Triangle runners were Ted Schackley and Thomas Clines — the same two men who ran Operation Mongoose (the plot to take out Fidel Castro). Thus, from 1960-1975, the CIA deployed a secret force of 30,000 Hmong tribesmen to fight the Laotian Communists. They also created heroin labs in this area; then brought it out via their own private airline — Air America.

    Alfred McCoy, in The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, describes how the CIA first gave smack to our own American soldiers in Vietnam before shipping it into the United States, where Lansky mobsters dealt it on the streets.

    Sam Giancana’s biographers reinforced this point by stating that while organized crime did its thing, “The CIA looked the other way — allowing over $100 million a year in illicit drugs to flow through Havana into the U.S. It was an arrangement similar to all the rest they’d made. The CIA received 10% of the take on the side of narcotics, which they utilized for their undercover slush fund.”

    After the Mob and the CIA generated this dirty money, they laundered it into secret bank accounts controlled by the international bankers. That way, the government couldn’t get their hands on it and the funds could be invested in the stock market, loaned out to other businesses on the take, or channeled into the Secret Services’ black budgets.

    So, even though the above information is only the tip of the iceberg, now do you see why it was so important to the CIA/Mobster/international banker cabal that JFK didn’t pull America out of Vietnam? The money (via illegal drug trafficking and for the War Machine) was incredible, while CONTROL of another area of the globe (the Golden Triangle) was secured.

    As a final note, only FOUR DAYS after John Kennedy was assassinated, Lyndon Baines Johnson, his successor, put his name on NSAM 273, which secured our increased involvement in Southeast Asia. These guys weren’t wasting any time! Within a few short months, our involvement in Vietnam went from 20,000 troops to a quarter of a million! The CIA had won, and ten years later 57,000 American soldiers were dead – truly shocking and abysmal behavior — an embarrassment and blight on the American consciousness.

  75. Tim Mason at 5:24 pm

    We just ban gasoline. That will prevent drunk drivers. Oh wait, they could run their cars on alcohol.. Oh wait, they would run their cars on alcohol.

  76. Tim Mason at 9:30 am

    Several points to ponder: A person has to experience trouble or pain before comfort or relief means anything.
    Most of those using grant money for these government studies are paid to prove this or that theory. Most are millennial age group where chronic pain has never entered their sphere of problems. These people overlook “granny” or “papaw” or mom or dads pain conditions as they go about building their poorly derived statistical tables and leaving out subgroups and other important data. These people also lack the ability to provide obvious acts of kindness such as helping older aging people with daily tasks. A sobering thought: Their DAY will come.
    I refer you to the writer of PSALM 6. An obvious chronic pain patient. Psalm 8,10,11 and 13 are equally relative to the chronic pain patient.
    What you say about the addict is true. One must consider that the addiction center leaders are lining the pockets of politicians in order to cash in on an insurance covered illnesses.
    Addition is a socioeconomic problem and it is not a disease. Youth is the # 1 risk for addiction. Did you know that alcoholics got their first exposure to alcohol as an adolescent? Think about that. The same is true of the youth that rob and steal from the home medicine chest. An aged relative could be on his or her death bed and the addict would steal the medication if they could get their hands on it.

  77. Beth Dockery at 11:58 pm

    We as Human beings in legitimate pain legally taking this pain pill as me we all need to ban together and sue back for pain suffering negligence stereotyping us.as addicts. I’m so sick of it !! I DONT WANT TO BE IN PAIN I DID NOT ASK FOR A LIFE OF PAIN !!- Please like me and many others have said we work physical labor demanding jobs our whole life our body’s are broken down in severe pain. I can’t see how anyone could actually inject opana honestly the pill is so hard Jelled they would go buy herion before they done that this is just another ridiculous attempt of the government to take away a pain pill that actually works for people this has got to stop. We hard working people should not have to live in pain. I bet if you broke your back you would be for a pain pill. How would you like to lay in pain constantly unable to have a life tell me MR. Goverment how would you I just worked 9 hours at 54 years old in a factory lifting moving bending pulling heavy objects but you would not know nothing about that !!! The car your driving I make the breaks for it should I be in severe pain making breaks for cars !!! Something to think about right ? Just want to be out of pain and you are taking away the pill that I TAKE away so I can’t work this is so wrong in every aspect .I don’t understand it this is supposed to be the land of the free not the land of every thing being one sided the Government !!!

  78. Amy at 8:44 am

    Does anyone know where we go from here?? I have been on Opana for 2 years and it took me fighting for my insurance to cover it.

    I had Brain and neck surgery and now with permanent spinal Conrad damage since the age of 25 I don’t know what I’m going to do. What pain med works? I know building up a tolerance is just in my future however I truly don’t want to be on a million mg and pills for the rest of my life!

    Having 3 kids this med actually gave me a somewhat normal life. Now I’m lost. My doctors want to put me back on Perc’s but I don’t want to. I hated the feeling they gave me and I was tired all the time. I had no quality of life!

    I hate how we have to live a life of pain while they sit in their nice houses with their nice pentions making decisions based on our lives full of pain! This is ridiculous! I’m pissed, hurt and devistated.

  79. Chuck McClellan at 5:41 pm

    I’m a disabled veteran with multiple back injuries and have been on Opana for 5 years now. After trying all the other pain relief medications on the market Opana was the only one I found that really helped and with the least side effects. Now I hear they are taking it off the market. What other options do we have now? Most likely Oxycotin, Fetinal patch, Morphine, etc.

    What is everyone planning to try and do once Opana is gone?

  80. Marguerite at 5:34 am

    In regards to opana, in the 1990s I was prescribed morphine msir for pain it is a instant release morphine taking sublingual. I learned that it was reformulated because there were people who would shoot it up. So what the drug maker did was to add baking soda to it so it wouldn’t be abused like that. Why won’t they do the same for this opana er? That would go a long way in preventing more addicts and the spread of hiv and hep c. If they can formulate the morphine msir to make it so it’s not injectable surely the same can be done for opana!

  81. Tanner at 3:36 am

    She is 78! I don’t think going to a methadon clinic is a option she has one leg. We can barely get her outside on a family gathering.

  82. Andrew Mueller at 10:19 pm

    There is always Methadone

  83. Tim Mason at 7:24 am

    I feel your pain Beth. I am almost 60, with less than a year left to walk according to the neurologist I saw this week. Two years ago my PM doctor gave me two years to walk and I though he was wrong.
    I think my totally gray hair, poor posture and gait along with a dozen confirming images of nerve damage, past surgeries help substantiate my need for medication.
    I also follow the rules they set before me.
    In the current atmosphere of millennial mindset, (we are getting MDs now born after 1984) some MD’s, NP and PA feel they have arrived and have all the answers to fix the social problems that cause addiction. They do not. This is a socioeconomic flaw that began in YOUTH.
    It takes months and perhaps two years to build confidence and trust with a pain management doctor or facility that helps people with pain.
    Once established, one should guard and protect that relationship as one would a marriage.
    It takes years to build character and only a second to destroy it forever.
    Guard your medicine as though it were a loaded gun. For every pill or patch you have there are 100’s that would love to steal it from you.
    Sad, but that is the world we live in now.

  84. Tanner at 11:37 am

    I so agree with you!!! Something needs to be voiced. So the real patience dont suffer from the abuse from others!

  85. Tanner at 10:39 pm

    I have a fam member that went today and her dr says there soon to take her off opanaER. She’s been in it for years due to amputation of her leg. She’s devistated! May I add questioning us about death due to changing something so dramatic at a short notice. Does anyone know when a def desicion will be made or has permanently been made? Does anyone know about regular OP without ER? Does it even exist? I’m worried for my fam member. This may be enough to push her over the edge. I pray for everyone 🙏🏻

  86. Dawn burns at 1:44 pm

    THIS IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO ME! Every drug or narcotic is abused by a small percentage of people and because of these abusers the first ER that has helped me they’re taking off because of their own biased studies! Try educating on needle sharing and stop prescribing because if you’re under pain management you are scrutinized every month and it is MANAGED by monthly ursine tests! What’s next all of the, removed ! Oxycodome is widely misused and guess what , all of them are by this degenerate population of people misusing everything !
    I have 2 herniated discs, back and neck, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, scoliosis. Spondylilosthesis, 5 thoracic bulging discs, AND LUPUS WITH RHUEMtoid arthritis!
    Opana saved me from horrific pain and it’s unconscionable that the fda thinks they know what’s best for all of it!
    Time for us to lobby with our congressmen ! We need to fight this battle together !

  87. Tim Mason at 10:50 am

    The FDA and DEA have this addiction model all backwards. Practically all alcoholics can trace their addiction back to alcohol exposure in adolescence. The same is true for any scheduled drug or illicit drug like diacetylmorphine (Heroin) or Coca plant alkaloid (Cocaine).
    The biggest risk to addiction is YOUTH. The opioid crisis is a hoax. Some are now calling it a prescription writing epidemic. There are no prescriptions written for Heroin my friends.
    The above link is interesting concerning those born in 1984 and after. Ironically, many Nuevo physicians are this age and are addicted to their electronic devices, television, etc. by the same paradigm. The do not even realize it.

  88. David Cole at 9:30 am

    Gary Gere,
    My fellow chronic pain patient, I have several things wrong with me, the most bothersome was peripheral neuropathy. However I got really sick and an old shoulder problem popped up, turned out I had bone on bone, arthritis and two muscle tears in my shoulder, due to the new CDC guidelines, turned into some kind of law, my pain meds were cut by 2/3 leaving me wanting to die. Anyway I’d started inferred light therapy for the peripheral neuropathy, cost me $3,500, anyway I got smart and I went out and bought my own inferred light system. My shoulder was So bad, pain meds weren’t doing anything for it, neither was physical therapy and cortisone shots. I tried the inferred light therapy on my shoulder. 25-30 minutes a day, it was like a miracle. pain decreased by about 85% and I could use my arm again.The unit I bought was $850.00, but it was for both feet. I see you can buy decent light pads for about $50-$150, or if you got good insurance have a physical therapist try it on you. I really think you should try this. Polychromatic Infraed light therapy is being used by Physiotherapy dept., Chiropractors, Anesthesiologist, Dentists, Physical Therapists, etc.

  89. Mosie at 6:22 am

    Dear Gary, Your description of your pain made me cry, even though I have the equivalent amount of nerve pain in my face.

  90. Brenda at 5:14 am

    Euthanasia for people no longer considered to be “productive members of society”, may not be that far away. While I agree that we should be allowed to make this decision for ourselves. The government may just make it for us.

  91. Brenda at 5:04 am

    The FDA has decided to pull my pain medication from the market. Opana ER has been a life saver for many years for me. With allergies to Tylenol and Ibuprofen, 99% of the meds used for pain management are off limits to me. Throw in an allergy to Morphine and I’m screwed, please excuse my language. Oxycontin, can’t take it. I’ve been on Fentanyl. The restrictions it put on my life (nothing like ending up in a life threatening situation because you became overheated) and building up a tolerance that led to withdrawls 12 hours before my next scheduled patch led me to seek a safer medication. Moving to a state where medical marijuana is legal isn’t an option. The government will revoke your 2nd amendment rights if you have a medical marijuana card. Called the FDA. Sorry, it’s your doctor’s job to find something else. Feeling frustrated and helpless

  92. Gary Gere at 2:02 pm

    I suffer from long term chronic pain due to a total knee replacement gone “wrong”. I am in constant agonizing pain. My pain management specialist physician has tried everything. Opana ER is the ONLY medication that allows a certain measure of pain control, affording me some improved quality of life, and allowing me to maintain a full time job.

    Apparently, drug addicts are now spreading diseases (such as HIV and Hep-C) via the use of shared needles when injecting illegally acquired Opana ER.

    If the FDA is successful in removing Opana ER from the marketplace, those drug addicts will simply move to other (probably more dangerous) substances, with absolutely no reduction in the spread of those diseases, and most probably an increase in emergency room visits and deaths from the injection of illegal “street drugs”.

    The (un)intended side effects will be to put people who suffer from long term chronic pain, such as myself, into abject misery.

    It never ceases to amaze me how people who do not suffer from chronic pain think they can decide for those who do. Not long ago, “pain” was to be considered the 5th vital sign. Now apparently it is not.

    If you are the FDA reading this, consider stabbing an ice pick fully into your knee, wrapping it with duct tape, and not being able to remove it for 6 months. You will be desperate to stop the pain. But you cannot. Then you will have SOME idea of what chronic pain sufferers such as myself have to live with.

    PLEASE leave medical care and decisions to legitimate doctors and their patients.

  93. Robert Ivan at 8:17 am

    To Mr. Mason:

    Tim, you made reference to source material from the AMA; “I read that in April of 2016 at the AMA meeting is was stated that it was no longer “Unethical” to turn down treatment for a patient if sufficient expenses could not be yield a profit.”

    If you would, will you please give a link to this? If this is actually to be found published for medical employee consumption, there is no hinding the agenda.
    We have all discovered on our own and all need to acknowledge the awful truth.
    For Americans, this is the 21st century euthanizing of a specific group of people.

  94. Kel b at 9:10 pm

    Totally agree. Hopefully if you’re on this site reading these comments you do know about pain and meds.
    And hopefully there are those on the site that Don’t know and will learn something.
    I think if We want to change the attitudes, we all should call our local reporters and get our stories out there. Afterall, they are only reporting on what they hear…..so general public is only hearing that. We need to give general public something to go on.
    I’ve shared so much of this with friends, family, even my employer, they are shocked!!
    Its up to us, no one is going to do this for us.

  95. Tim Mason at 6:46 am

    The problem is that those that do not understand pain, and chronic pain in particular will say:
    “Yeah, These drugs are BAD. I did my research”- “I GOOGLED it”
    Concerning chronic pain.
    There are those that don’t know.
    There are those that don’t know and don’t know that they don’t know.
    There are those that don’t know and know they don’t know.
    There are those that don’t know and would not understand it if you explained it to them. (avoid these people)
    This last set makes up no less than 85 percent of the population.

  96. Elizabeth A Runyan at 4:57 am

    This comment is for Jack.
    Opana ER has been a godsend for me as well. I understand your frustration.
    I was on Nucynta ER for almost four years. It was a very helpful medication for me and I didn’t have any side effects until it was time to increase my dosage to the highest level. Then I immediately began to experience extreme itching. It also has an antidepressant built into it, not sure I ever realized any effects from that.
    It’s definitely not nearly as strong as our Opana ER though, so at the max dosage….it’d be a step down in my opinion.
    You might ask about Embeda….I’m being switched to that next month. The only issue I foresee is the built in deterrent which doesn’t activate unless someone tries to crush the pills….that’s a great thing, the issue for me is the deterrent inside Embeda will negate my breakthrough medication, Dilaudid.
    I’m still going to change over and see how it goes. It’s morphine sulfate and the side effects do sound not so great….hoping I don’t have them as I’ve been lucky with all the opiate based medications and potential side effects so far.
    Good luck to you in whatever you end up being changed over to.

  97. Jack at 1:53 pm

    I am devastated! I suffer chronic pain from back and spinal cord issues. I have tried many alternatives, and oxymorphone is the first to give me round the clock relief without making me dopey and falling down. I have a life. My pain is not gone, but manageable. Now they want to take it off the market because druggies abuse it. What else is new. Druggies abuse drugs!!!!! ALL drugs!!!! Yet again, law-abiding citizens are being punished because the government can’t control the felons. Something is wrong with this picture. My doctor and I are very frustrated because there is little else for me to try. He thinks tapendatol (Nyscenta) might work, but that has lots of drug interactions and seems to be much more dangerous. So the pain patients will continue to suffer while the abusers will just pick something else!

  98. marguerite at 7:29 am

    I sent my story to the link on the message provided for the hearing on June 16th and it wasn’t received. Why? I sent it days ago! It attempted several times without success. Very disheartening and much time wasted!

  99. Beth at 9:38 pm

    Since I read this and made a comment I read it again more comments as someone else brought up another total issue that is a worry are they just taking this medication I have been prescribed away without a weening process my God this is actually an addictive medication are we going to be throwed on something totally different what is going to happen. ? I am terified of pain. The withdrawal from it this is insane to do to people like most of us who take our medication correct. Please this can not happen. I will lose everything I have my home my job my vehicle the government does not do physical labor they do not understand regular living people in pain that do gone st hard physical work for there whole life I got up took my pill wondering on the 22 of this month am I going to be able to have this medication that gets me up everyday to go to work. Please do not take our life and our livelihood away from us in desperate pain.

  100. Bradley Cumbie at 3:33 pm

    That’s exactly right about our too much,way too much government interfering with what does best for certain individuals. I started commercial fishing at a very young age and over the years it has destroyed my functional body parts to where it is hard for me to even most of the time! Since most of our government officials has never seen a day,just one day of hard work,then they surely don’t experience the chronic pain that I have to endure,even when I’m sleeping. They hardly do anything to stop the meth epidemic that has swept this country like a wildfire during a drought with a 100 knot wind blowing. I have had over 15 surgeries in the last 15 years and it has caused me to to endure some of the worst pain I have ever had to imagine going through.it has cost me 2 marriages,land and a nice home,2 of the nicest pickup trucks a person could possibly own. Most of the time I hurt so bad that I have to reason with myself if life is worth living anymore. The only relief I get is from pain medication issues to me by pain control doctors. I now have not had a life since 1996 when I hurt my back. I have really really tried with no success to live a normal life and keep going forward. I have been denied SSI supplemental income 3 times the last just a couple of weeks ago. 700 dollars a month and had to get a lawyer on it,once again too much government! When the day comes the government can tell qualified physicians what they can do for their patients then we are all in trouble. The ones that benefits from this is insurance companies and rehabs,which are springing up everywhere so they can attempt to keep the unemployment rates down. Those of you that endure what I do and don’t abuse your meds need some lawyers to help us fight this [edit],which is a direct violation of our civil rights,the right to pursue happiness without infringing on the rights of others and plan a and roxicodone is the only thing that gives me a mere piece of life that I have left. Those who really suffer need to ban together and stop this kind of [edit] the government has once again trying to impose upon people like me and others that truly suffer. It would be down right cruel to make go back to the beginning without relief,it would be downright inhumane!

  101. Chuck Weik at 2:44 pm

    So what’s next? Do we ban the sale and use of automobiles because drunk drivers cause too many fatalities? Should we stop the manufacture, sale, and use of computers because hackers use them to steal sensitive data? Let’s not forget all the health issues related to overeating, or eating foods too high in sugar or fat content. We should absolutely pull all food from the market. That would surely put an end to obesity.

    There has to more to this than what has been presented publicly. The argument upon which the decision was based is totally unrelated to the drug’s intended use, and equally applicable to a multitude of other prescription drugs.

  102. Tim Mason at 9:09 am

    What doctors are doing now (perhaps one of you physicians on this board can chime in and comment) is what is called “Cherry Pick and Lemon Drop”. If you need help and use and “In Network” doctor that works at a reduced rate you may be dropped or told “I cannot help you” because the payback is low.
    I read that in April of 2016 at the AMA meeting is was stated that it was no longer “Unethical” to turn down treatment for a patient if sufficient expenses could not be yield a profit. These lemons include: Diabetics, overweight, certain ethnic groups or those with comorbidities. The patients tend to have longer hospital stays, infections and other complications.
    This actually happened to me three years ago before my spinal surgery. I was told by the surgeon “You need to much, I do not think your insurance will pay for all that you need”
    I found a neurosurgeon that did both my surgeries in one hospital stay. Two days in ICU + 5 days on the neurofloor. I am not overweight, nor do I have high blood pressure.
    So someone with serious complex pain issues requiring multiple opioids and monitoring, or may be a high risk for abuse (smoker, drinker, and anything else the “Medical Gaze” told them, could be turned away because they will need > the 90 MED to have a semi normal life. This would put the physician under the “Legal Gaze” has cost him/her money in record keeping.
    Cherry Pick and Lemon Drop to new norm. (btw-this was one way doctors under Obamacare beat the pre-existing condition). You can look all this up. It is true.

  103. Maggi at 7:23 am

    I can’t get any relief where I live. No doctor will treat me for pain. I am at the point that if I am forced to continue living like this then there needs to be another plan in place for people like me forced to live in pain. I would be grateful to at least be offered the right to die with dignity with assisted medical suicide than continue living like this in fear of ending my life at my own hands because I can’t get the help I need.

  104. Beth at 10:54 pm

    I have been taking opana for about six years I still work because of this medication I take mine regularly as scheduled never have ran out I feel like everyone else I’m being punished for being old and having worked hard for 38 years physical labor now have so many horrific pain causing illnesses without this medication my life will come to a complete halt. I will not be able to work. Even now my quality of life’s not great I work and live in bed. At least I can work. People in pain management are diagnosed with legitimate pain with test MRI different types of scans were not just given medication without a valid reason as someone suggested. This is awful to take away the only medicine I can actually have any type of life with. The HERION is the problem not people on pain medication actors and stars are overdosing prince was found with pain medication but also HERION he was mixing them thats why he died they link these deaths to pain medication no its HERION there making the epidemic worse hospital ER rooms will be full people in pain .just wanting relief. Please leave us people who need this alone legitimate people in pain not abusing medication its a shame to have to possibly live my last ten years in horrific pain. Yes I would probably just commit suicide before I lived like that .I can’t get out of bed now until I take my pill in the morning and it starts to work. Why I do not understand this honestly. Were supervised with our medicine. I lock mine in a safe like my pain doctor told me I do everything correct but I’m going to be punished. I don’t understand there way of thinking . take all pain meds away from people who need them what do they want everyone on HERION for God’s sakes please leave us law abiding citizens alone. Do not take away the only medicine that lets me get out of bed and go to work I’m 54. As said so many things wrong with me list goes on .

  105. J.C. at 8:49 pm

    I’m really upset.This happened to me a few years ago when opana was taken off the market to make them into a safer version. I didn’t know that at the time. I thought they were gone forever. Then one day they were back but in a different formula. That was great because it was the only pain medicine that worked for me. But in the few months it was off the shelves, I struggled just to work a full day at work. I was put on something else for the time being,which didn’t come close. I feel like I’m in the twilight zone. Is this really happening again? This time for good? I just don’t understand how it was f.d.a approved and now that addicts got ahold of it, it’s f.d.a unapproved. What about us group of people who take it as prescribed and actually need it. I was hit by a bus in Manhattan in 2006 and have had many surgeries. Titanium skull, orbital socket,screws and bults in my back and neck,2 new knees,a titanium rod in my arm and much more. I work construction to support my family. Nobody can tell me I don’t know what pain is or what works best. And opana was it. I feel as if I were hit by a freight train with this news that they’re pulling it from shelves. What’s next? Give me asprin and say ” go support your family sir” . My family would starve.

  106. scott michaels at 8:25 pm

    More suicides more counterfeit drugs more HEROIN. Legitimate patients suffering. In 2 weeks BOOTLEG open A will be on the streets. PAIN PATIENTS must be involved in these decisions. PEOPLE THAT never took a pain reliever are making these decisions and have no clue to what is really happening. Good legitimate patients are suffering to the point of going to the streets. We have an aging population.
    Bathtub GIN killed hundreds of thousands during PROHIBITION. NOW legal booze kills even more and there in not 1 medical purpose for it. I used to take 240 mg oxycontin and 90 mg oxycodone daily. Life was good I was able to work drive and make a life. NOW MY MEDS were cut 75%. NOW in SSDI can barely walk or even get out of bed. PAIN PATIENTS MUST HAVE A VOICE BEFORE YOUR SCOOPING US UP OFF THE STREETS.

  107. Jenifer Sterling at 8:10 pm

    My medical file is 6″ thick. Full of tests, procedures, surgeries, alternative medicines, out of state doctors, specialists, and not one but two truly out-of-your-mind-terrifying out of the country surgeries–I have tried Everything (suggestion? I will try it if I can!) spent us into huge debt, had to quit my dream job and swallow my pride to go onto disability (the attorney said it was the easiest case he had ever done). Why? Because I am a junkie!!! Oh. Wait. No. Incredible mind-searing pain every minute of every day for 13 years due to a doctor making a surgical mistake from a simple necessary surgery. My life is ruined and yet strangers tell me it should be worse? Going to go sign the petition. Thank you for putting it up!

  108. J.C. at 2:53 pm

    I myself feel opana is the only medication that works. It took many years to find the right medication to ease the pain from multiple surgeries due to 3 different cancers that kept coming back in different parts of my body. I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. Now 10 years of suffering I can finally enjoy my children and 4 beautiful grandbabies. I also suffer from a panic disorder that leads to seizures. Now I’m stressing over whether or not there is something out there that works just as well. My question is….. If they stopped making them in March, how did I get my prescription filled a week ago? Are doctors lying just to save their own asses? And also is there anything out there that will work on me and all the people who truly need this medication? There are real people with real pain. Not someone who is drug seeking. Between drug abusers and this new president,people like us are getting the raw reality that these people don’t consider the people like us who truly need these meds just to get through a painful day and get to the next. Yes people like us are getting screwed because of people who don’t know what real pain is. Maybe we should kick Donald Trump and the people who don’t need them other then their selfish need to get high,right in the balls and let them know what pain is. Lol. On a serious note, we all need to protest for our rights to live a pain free life. Why do we have to suffer because of these people?. And you people out there who truly are in pain know what I’m saying when I say…” The pain we are in is soooooo bad that we truly get relief and don’t get high” The pain is so bad that we’re lucky if just the pain subsides. You’re happy if that just helps. Forget about getting high. But people do use these meds just for that reason and that alone. It makes me sick. I truly feel for those of you who are getting the boot and now have to suffer. That’s no way to live. And forget about a heroin epidemic coming or happening…. I’m thinking about suicide epidemics getting higher, because lets face it,some people are in so much pain that they’d rather die then be in that much pain. It’s so sad that this country,the home of the free,is getting more like the home of no rights. This is our life,why can’t we live it the way we want or need. It seems everyday we get another constituanal right taken away from us. Love and peace to you all. I feel your PAIN.

  109. Renee at 1:23 pm

    Why so much concern and legislation aimed at addicts who, obviously, do not care about their health, or wellbeing? If they have no concern for anything other than chasing that next high, why should those of us who obtain our much needed medications, legally, now have to suffer and are denied a quality of life in order to control access to addicts? From what I have seen, addicts still have a ready access to their fix of choice, it’s just costing everyone more, and contributing to a ever increasing crime rate, so they can afford their next high! The government tried making alcohol illegal, in the 1920’s, because of the, “evils” associated with liquor. How well did that work? Deaths from bad liquor and deaths from the government trying to stop the bootleggers.
    Soon all narcotics will be declared unsafe because of abuse by addicts, then only addicts will have access to the medications that, millions of Americans need in order to have some semblance of a life with quality. Perhaps it’s a government conspiracy to push older people, who are suffering, into killing themselves because they cannot stand one more day inpain. A pain that was once controlled by something as simple as a couple of pills. Pain free on thes medications, no, but a pain level that one can live with, and perhaps, get some enjoyment from life. As for me, my meds have been reduced to a point where I can choose which 8 hours in my day I want to live, and after that, my pain control is non existent because the extended release meds that are suppose to last 12 hours, only last 8, and my physician refuses to give me that 3rd pill that would give me back my life. I’ve lived with this all of my life. Always was careful with and never took more than I was prescribed, and now what worked for me, for over 20 years has been determined, by someone who does not live in my body, that it is too much, and cut out one dose, daily, of my pain medication regimen, which was originally compiled by my PCP, my pain management physician (now retired), a neuropsychiatrists and a neurologist!

  110. Margo at 10:37 am

    As a chronic pain sufferer I won’t go into my story, but I urge each and everyone of you to email your representatives, email the commission before June 16! Continue to email, call, write. We are only strong in numbers and we must be heard. Honestly, many of these decision makers have family who suffer or have suffered. We may all be in the same circumstance one day.

  111. Marie Mitchell at 10:12 am

    I agree with NPR that the FDA’s decision to pull Opana ER is an outrage. It ignores the rights of chronic pain sufferers; it dismisses the skills of scientists who put years of research into creating this safe and effective medication; and it denigrates the competence of physicians who prescribe this pain reliever. I don’t understand why concerns about abusers and addicts override compassion for people who live with chronic pain.
    I congratulate your website for disseminating information about opioid medications and advocating for the rights of people in pain.
    I encourage you to express these concerns to the FDA and to the President’s recently organized commission on opioid medications.

  112. Jill at 7:09 am

    It’s crazy, how they think this is going to work…

  113. Elizabeth at 6:20 am

    Here is the link for the change.org petition. It’s just about 160 signatures shy from the goal. Please sign and share this, thank you.


    I’d also like to say that I was very touched by every comment on here yesterday (except for Jasmin )
    My heart hurts for many of you, but it is also strengthened by the courage, inspiration, determination and compassion you showed by sharing your personal stories and ideas. We are strangers who have a common bond and our stories are sadly so much alike. You are amazingly strong people and that is what will help our cause. It is my hope and prayer that each of you are able to find some other form of relief and we are able to get Opana ER back and not have any other medications taken away from us.

  114. Robert Ivan at 6:09 am

    The gentleman in the White House knows damn well what he’s doing. We were lied too believing that the confirmation of Dr. Price as the head of Health & Human Services and repetitive statements that his chief goal as Secretary would be to Protect the Doctor – Patient relationship. Get government out of the Doctors office. Bullship!
    His agenda is clear; solve the enormous debt our country has by attacking the weakest of us. Baby Boomers make up 2/3rd’s of our population, many are logically dealing with bodies that are failing due to age. It’s simple numbers when the majority are ready to receive their Social Security benefits or those of us who suffer from continuous, every stinking minute of everyday pain that no one healthy person could possibly understand or care to.
    How hard is it to figure out that 1/3 cannot support 2/3rd’s of the population. We paid bushel baskets of money in FICA dedications, while our government continued to steal our savings.
    From one President to another talking about saving Social Security since Kennedy and nothing stopped them from tapping into our future by passing the buck. Now comes the reality that there is simply no more to steal and the NON-PRODUCTIVE citizens that no longer contribute need to be dealt with. They can’t afford us folks, so they come up with this propaganda campaign and call it “The Opioid Epidemic”. Really? The reason our country has a problem with drugs is all because of Grampa Joe’s Pain Pills? What’s worse is the country is buying this lie.
    Our streets are flooded with Heroin and the government’s plan to stop this is to ban legal pain analgesics? FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY!

  115. Jill at 5:07 am

    This is just crazy what they think they can do to people that take medicine The way it’s prescribed to them.I know one thing they are creating a heroin epidemic​..what are they going to do then??

  116. Jill at 3:39 am

    I’m a 46 year old woman who lives with multipale surgeries do to numerous bouts with breast cancer without this medication my quality of life is nothing (just ask my husband he’ll let you all know what he has been thu all the mornings when I can’t get up to take my medicine to fight the cancer still to this day he has to give it to me every morning we have to wait till it takes affect all the pain subsides that’s when our day starts)then it’s off to the doctor’s​ it seems like I live to go to a doctor every day.and if you know anything and how long it took the doctors​ to figure out that I should even try this (med) it’s been awhile
    I’m sure the (FDA) must have loved ones who have or have had (cancer)and live a life with a lot of pain in it and the only thing that works is this (med)what would you say If someone came up and took your life,,?to me it just like being (shot in the 💓).I live with this every day I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.but maybe the (FDA)..we need to do something about this….. can’t let them take our lives like this..(and I do believe that they are creating a heroin epidemic​) If they think they are fixing things they are (crazy)…so I guess we will all just wait and see,,,,or are we going to do something about it..I say we do something about it…TY

  117. Kel b at 1:20 am

    Yes! Sign petition @ change.org, call / write your representatives, email by June 15th to: commission@ondcp.eop.gov
    See typed out emails samples (there are 2 now) at some of these related sites talking about this and sharing articles & comments daily.(Pharmacist Steve, Pain News Network, etc. These are all on Facebook too.
    Call FDA 1.888.463.6332, go to #3, then #2, then #4 and tell them not to remove Opana ER.

    These comments need to be shared w the public and representatives, CDC, FDA, DEA ETC ETC ETC

    To the comment stating you are embarrassed to tell your friends & family about your medication, WHY??? We need to share more w people who don’t understand any of this. That’s the problem, we keep sharing w each other, I know it helps, I do too, but we must get our stories out there.

    One commented on getting scripts and not finishing them- that’s another problem- the gov thinks there’s lots of unused meds sitting in med cabinets and young kids end up taking these and get addicted. That may be true and a long time ago, but why put it out there??

    Another commented about addiction. Theres a big difference between addiction and being dependant. Insulin users are dependant too.

    Choose your words carefully.

    CALL YOUR LOCAL REPORTERS, get this in the media. If 10+ people from ea state could get on the news, it would get some attention.

    We can do wonders in numbers!! There’s been other petitions and not enough signatures to send in….that’s really sad.
    These petition sites are so easy to use, it takes under a minute.

    Cdc announced today there are 2.2 billion people obese!!!
    worldwide, 20 well populated countries and USA IS #1. Now that’s an epidemic!”. Alcohol, tobacco, need I say more?

    This is a drug dealers dream come true! It was reported on 11-19-2016 that heroin & illicit fentanyl were the new driving force behind the opioid epidemic- not prescription pain meds. By: Stefan Kertesz, assoc prof @ university of Alabama-Birmingham.
    Nothings changed! Its gotten worse!!!
    We need to step it up and do our part.
    Now AARP has a series out too,The Opiate Menace.

  118. Teresa Sorrell at 11:02 pm

    I have been suffering from Chronic pain and Fibromyalgia
    for about 10 years. Three years ago I was diagnosed with a rare Cancer. Not only was I kept on my Percocet, but
    Morphine and Fentanyl patches were prescribed. After I went into remission the pain medications were slowly decreased. First the Fentanyl was discontinued and slowly the Morphine. I was sort of sad because for the first time in 10 years I was pain free. Finally I was only on Percocet.
    It was a huge shock when December 28 2015 the Doctor said they were no longer going to give me a prescription for Percocet. WHAT! I had went though all the urine and blood test. I had gone though feeling like a Criminal each month when it was time for refill. I never broke my contract or failed any test. I never lost a pill or had them stolen. I was very upset. I knew that life without my pain pills would be unbearable. I cried and yes I cursed. I asked how could I function without pain control?
    I told my Doctor I could not, would not, will not live in this pain. I left the office and walked into traffic. In patient Behavior modification unit. Intense therapy. Bio feedback, imaging, PT, EMD, massage, dry needling, hot cold therapy.
    Shots, nerve blocks. Denerveation. Tens unit. Lidocaine patches.
    I am sorry, I tried. I really tried. I still feel the same way as that December day a year ago.
    I can not, will not, do not want to live with this pain. My quality of life is to the point that 2 days a week I think about suicide. Two days I lay in bed praying. Yes I am up the other days but always in pain. Not being able to enjoy the life I want. To play with my grandchildren, to do car rides, to visit family. To go see a movie. To walk my dogs. To fish, to work in my flowers.
    No, this us not living, this is just breathing. No one understands, no one knows how not only my body but my soul hurts. I see all these drug overdoses and wonder where they are getting the drugs that I can’t get legally. I hear of a lot of suicides in the chronic pain community. Please let us unite together to fight these new laws. We need spokespersons who will help us fight for our rights. The right to have pain management that works. The right to live our lives to the fullest. The right not to have to end our own life because we can not stand to live in pain. We hurt to much to March on D.C., We are to sick to fight for our rights. There is a movement across the country to die with dignity. How about a movement to live with dignity, to live pain free or at least make it Manageable. Write letters, speak up, make noise. We as a people in pain need our voices heard.

  119. Bill Williams at 9:54 pm

    Please Endo pharmaceutical do what no other health care people will not do for us chronic pain patients fight the government from taking our pain medication Opana ER.
    I don’t have long to live but I pray that my government isn’t allowed to make me suffer even more in my last day’s.
    I go through hell ever month just to get my pain meds, it helps nothing just puts me through more stress coast me and my insurance company more money and for what, I know how to take my meds without Overdosing, I dang sure not going to sell what I need. Taking Opana off the market will not help anything, the ones that abuse it will move to Herion, if anything stop putting in what ever is making them sick.
    tell the government to get junkies help, like the one intelligent lady said all who OD’S that comes through the ER or 911 call has to be put into REHAB.
    Pleae fight this Endo we your customers need your help.
    Thank You.

  120. Maggi at 9:19 pm

    I live in chronic pain most days it’s so bad I wish I’d just die already and I’m just 50. I cannot get pain medication in Spokane Washington. I was black listed by an arnp whose new medical assistance were being rough with me physically and verbally. After I had the vitals finished I spoke wth her over what occurred and she was apologetic and we joked about it. Then I got a message on my phone from on one of the m.a. that said the arnp wasn’t happy with me so I called back left a message to get a call back and cancelled my appointment until I could understand what was going on. She never returned my call and she put a letter in my medical file stating I was a behavioral problem and had failed my drug test. None of which is true. The pain I’m in is so bad right now I’m suicidal most days I feel this way because of pain and zero quality of life. Like I don’t know if I’ll survive if it gets any worse. To bad people in pain it wouldn’t even matter if we did start dying. It really makes me upset that because people are dying from their unhealthy choices and these dead people are more important than people who are sick and injured and begging to live life. I pray karma comes after everyone from the CDC, FDA, and the DEA who’ve profiled people like me and end up writhing in pain for eternity.

  121. LMC at 9:12 pm

    What chronic pain patients need RIGHT NOW is a prominent public figure that’s also chronic pain patient to begin the fight publicly, loudly and favorably defining the difference between chronic pain and drug overdoses. Most of us don’t have legal staff that can take this on individually, as that impact would be minimal at best and arduously an uphill battle. Chronic pain patients can’t wait for courts and motion fillings. We are in pain today. Six months from now is too late. When an abuser overdoses and is brought back from the brink then released from hospital, is it to a waiting cop to be arrested for taking drugs ILLEGALLY? Are they offered a deal to give up their dealers? No. But, we are being forced to suffer inhumanely. I don’t know anything about social media but in my painful opinion we need an important advocate.

  122. Gayle Higgins at 8:47 pm

    I have had MS for 20 years. I’m in chronic pain and would not have any quality of life at all if I did not take pain medication. I’m on a low dose of pain meds. The pain nonverbal goes away but I am able to have quality of life. My story is just like everyone’s else.
    We need to all get together and hire a lawyer/law firm that will fight for us. I don’t believe that signing petitions, but I do, in this instance will change anything.
    Any suggestions on how to go about all of us getting an attorney to represent us before we are all screwed.

  123. Angie Heavner at 8:31 pm

    They need to stop taking pain meds away from the chronic pain patients. Try putting in place the right guidelines, if they are using shots give them a sharps container that they have to turn in every mth. Try supplying safes to keep meds safe from people who steal them instead of helping the patient like they are supposed to. There are so many ways to protect the patients rights and give them the medications that help us function even a little bit everyday.
    Stop blaming the patients for the abuse of drugs. Chronic pain patients don’t want to take these meds, they are left no choice if they want anytype of life.

  124. Michelle Ziemba at 8:23 pm

    This is very disturbing because what’s next? All opiod prescription drugs. But I want to point out that this article is misleading. The drug hasn’t been pulled yet. The FDA has asked the pharmaceutical company to pull it voluntarily. So try and get your scrips now. Good luck!

  125. Renee Mace at 8:04 pm

    I will sign every petition that is out there to sign, my very life depends on pain medications, without it I will be dead from a stroke or heart attack. But have any of you ever thought about how insane this is and how we should act maybe like them with let’s say:

    Alcoholics , there are so many alcoholics that the FDA and the CDC need to make people sign a drinking liquor agreement contract and take urine test and have a perscription for it.

    Smokers and Marijuana users: they to need to sign a contract with there state, have tests and cigarettes counts and what ever kind of pot use count.

    Over Eaters and the Obese: they need to sign a contract with there state and have a person from the government come over and make sure that they do not eat to much sugars or fat’s or ???? if they do, then they can not get there food anymore because they broke there contract.
    I could go on and on, but to me that’s really what it amounts to. There has been addicts around as long as man has been on this earth and no matter what there will always be there like it or not, but why am I paying for it with my pain medications being brought down so low, that I can only function for about an hour every 5 hours and then another hour of semi peace from my savage pain. I am in terrible condition and can no longer do anything except stay in bed and isolate myself from my family and friends because my pain is so high that I get sick to my stomach.

  126. Susan Domokos at 7:59 pm

    2010…Taken off 4 10mg Percocet and 4 10mg Valium while in the hospital for diazombieism and pain… Started on a 50mcg fentanyl patch…Went Every month for s pain check…dose upped to 75 mcg…2011… Prescribing Dr retires…Writes letter to explain the reason for the fentanyl…
    Started​ with a family clinic bc I am also diabetic… Clinic decides… Nope…Too young and no cancer…Given 2 choices… ER or rehab…I wasn’t a junkie so I begged and pleaded with the patient advocate…The Dr of clinic.. Rep Tim Ryan… Rep Capri Cafaro… Ohio… NOBODY CARED…I was made to go cold turkey and as a result of the immense stress…I had a heart attack Feb 20..2012.. my 49th birthday…
    From then on..I have​ “opiate withdrawal” on my hospital records…I was labeled a “junkie” bc my records didn’t say my wd was from a prescription of fentanyl…
    Fast forward to now ..
    My current Pain Dr recently cut my Norco from 3 to 2 and my tramadol from 3 to 0 bc I also smoke marijuana…And I was honest from the beginning 20 months ago…
    April 2017…Cut my meds and accused me of selling my meds to obtain my marijuana..
    NOT TRUE..
    May 2017…Told me that he wasn’t losing his license for me and I had 30 days to get off marijuana…
    May 2017..Quit smoking marijuana bc my pain meds are more important and I wanted to get them back..
    June 2017… Expected my drug test and reinstatement of my pain meds… WRONG.. WRONG.. WRONG.. WRONG..
    Still only got my 2 Norco..Asked for my tramadol back… NOPE…
    I have to wait until July 2017..
    In the meantime..I am having vein valve cauterization on right leg…14 days later the left leg..When I asked my pain Dr about it…He told me it doesn’t hurt that bad?!?!?!..
    Marijuana helps my brain/pain mngmn…I GAVE IT UP and I still am getting screwed..
    And I passed an unofficial drug test…
    I called the CDC about this and I received an email that I was under Consideration..I messaged 2 major news stations…They felt bad but didn’t care..
    Today I sit here with a 15 pain scale on medicine for maybe a 5 pain scale…
    Severe PTSD.. Major depressive disorder and major anxiety disorder and major pain is what I am left to deal with…
    I will join forces with whomever has an idea or plan…I cannot continue this trek towards normal without someone on my side..#sufferi ginohio

  127. Veronica at 5:12 pm

    Most of the opioid epidemic is due to lack of taking control of meds that are prescribed to children and teenagers. Who in their right mind would let their child be responsible for taking meds properly?? The rest of this so-called ‘epidemic’ is due to people who are on street drugs to begin with. Why do we chronic pain patients have to suffer because of others actions??!! It’s wrong, and a violation of our rights as patients! Rant over, for now…

  128. Ibin at 5:03 pm

    President Trump has his first meeting with Chris Christie Friday, June 16th concerning the “opioid crisis”. Don’t hold your breath for better pain management. Christie has stated that he is dead set against all opioids. May he live to be 140 years old with…….the mis-guided-line, as is.

  129. Ibin at 4:50 pm

    If ALL opiate based medication is removed from the market, that may help the individual patient, for the “potential of abuse and misuse” the chronic pain community will suffer …..even worse. I happen to be prescribed this very medication as of 4 months ago as per the CDC 90mme daily of the medication One, that’s 1 “pill per day of oxymorphone ER. The prescription called to use one, that’s 1 pill…..per day OR 1 per every 12 hours. How about the OTHER 12 hours in a day? I have been prescribed for over 15 years, reduced myself by 30% some 5 years ago was Now with the med removed, I wonder what I will be prescribed next?

    I really can’t help but to be very angry about the entire “opioid crisis”. The ONLY crisis among the populous of the pain community is the total disregard for say 20 years of documented use of opiate based medication after all other medications and 2 invasive surgeries failed to ease pain enough to be a “functioning patient”. It seems the CDC, our state medical boards, and the Department of Health and Human Resourced will not be satisfied until EVERY chronic pain patient, those with a little or even a great deal of documentation with the beneficial use of opiate medication with ZERO “infractions” with treatment have NO other avenues to help their painful health condition. It is willful negligence for a medically necessary health condition.

    Health conditions that are treatable. Health conditions that HAVE been documented. Conditions that HAVE been treated by examinations, evaluations, tests, due diligence prescribing by our providers.Our doctors are being completely stripped to prescribe medication with no further resources to “treat”. Sorry, I know you are a “real” patient with pain but. If ANY “light” was being shed as to the outcome for a patient to be sufficiently prescribed, it may not create so much “fear” for the future of those who may need SOME assurance regarding the matter but again, nothing. “Commune-ism”. One for all and that’s enough.

    A 17 year old girl is being charged with manslaughter of an 18 year old boy in te state of Massachusetts for “coaxing”, goading, talking the young man into committing suicide. The defense is stating that he was “already” suicidal. Well that’s even worse. She went as far as to coax him into completing the action WHILE he was in the act and wished to “back out”. She even advised him how to do it. Sounds familiar to me. The CDC, medical boards, Dept. of Human Resources and every other agency know that the chronic pain patient ALREADY has a difficult life yet, this manslaughter case gets national news coverage. The ONLY coverage the pain populous gets is in reference to an “opioid crisis”. The only “crisis” is the one being created with the mis-guide-line. I wish it were a bad dream. It’s bad but, NOT a dream.

  130. David Cole at 4:33 pm

    Attention all chronic pain patients and their advocates, here’s our chance to get into the White House. The Trump opioid Commission will be holding its first meeting on June 16th. Go to: Commission@ondcp.Gov and leave your comments on how CDC new recommendations along with the FDA and DEA have completely destroyed your lives like they have mine. Please help get as many chronic pain patients to send in their stories as we possibly can. Another good resource is (Linkedin) become a member and follow the pain News Network.

  131. David Cole at 3:04 pm

    Everyone needs to go to change.org and sign the petition, make opiates available to chronic pain patients again. Then go to petitions.whitehouse.gov, we need somebody to write a good petition on that site, if we can get 100,000 signatures in 30 days we can get a response back from the white house within 60 days. Like always the government never looks into the unintentional consequences of what they do. Please everyone, continue to fight for our right to have at least a little bit of a life. I really miss my grandkids, but since my meds been cut by two-thirds, I’m in so much pain when they’re here I just yell at them, so I don’t let them come over anymore. So now they’ve taken a husband away from his wife, a father away from his kids, a grandfather away from his grandkids. I can tell you it’s not Isis we need to be afraid of in this country, it’s the CDC FDA and DEA. They’re killing the most vulnerable people in our society, the elderly, disabled and Wounded Warriors.

  132. David Cole at 2:40 pm

    Everybody needs to go to change.org and sign the petition(make opiates available to chronic pain patients again). Everybody also needs to go to, petitions.whitehouse.gov you can make your own petition here. We really need somebody who can write, you can make your own petition on this site, if we can get 100,000 signatures in 30 days we get an update from the white house within 60 days. We all have to do everything we can before they kill us all. As everybody on here knows even if suicide don’t get you, the constant fear of going to the doctor, anxiety, depression or the feeling of hopelessness will.

  133. Private Person at 2:10 pm

    I have been an aggressive and vocal person in this all out assault on Chronic Pain Patient’s and their Pharmacists and their Doctors. Now, to see them go after the Drug Companies and sue the Manufacturers of the Medications takes this fight to a whole new level.

    The Health Insurance Companies had to be forced to provide Drug Rehab Care that was not previously being paid in the benefits outlined in their Coverage Plans until laws were signed to make them pay for the care that was so desperately needed . This shows us that none of these decisions are being guided by facts, but by PROFIT MARGINS, both by the Health Insurance Companies and the Drug Companies.
    We all have to realize that neither the CDC or the FDA understand the difference between Chronic Pain Patients and outright Junkies. They DO NOT CARE and that is our reality They do not care about 7 back surgeries or car accidents or Injured Veterans or People with Chronic Non-Cancerous Pain, we do not matter to them. Our quality of life does not matter to them AT ALL ANYMORE!!!!!
    And if we do not stand together, no matter what the cost, we are all going to be forced to live without any quality of life and that is not the way I am going to live my life, utterly destroyed by chronic pain. We have rights, we are paying ridiculous sky high premiums for Insurance Plans that are not providing the necessary care that we need to survive.
    When I called numerous times my Representatives in New Jersey’s Legislature, I now feel that I was totally lied to about what was in Gov. Chris Christy’s Drug Bill.

    I was told NUMEROUS TIMES that New Jersey New Law WOULD NOT EFFECT CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS CARE or Access to our medication, that we would not be effected, only acute and new prescriptions would be limited. That was an OUTRIGHT LIE. We have been slandered, lied to, abused and refused the standard of care that any other patient with Severe Chronic Conditions are given. The CDC and with the FDA must fought and nothing we do or say on these message boards is going to stop this attack on sick and ill persons.

    If we do not start taking legal action and get lawyers to step up and help us fight these targeted acts against innocent Chronic Pain Patients, we as a community are already seeing the horrible consequences of what happens when Ignorance and fear guides policy and law and when common sense and reason are replaced by misguided blame.

    This month, June 2017, my own Prior-Authorization for a small dose of long acting Pain Medication will expire. I have met every criteria, taken every urine screening, jumped through their garbage Step Therapy or Fail First Criteria and have already reduced my dose in half from my original dose. I will NOT have my medication taken away, as it is my life line to a halfway normal life. As we know, Pain Mgmt. does not take away all the pain, it just makes it bearable so we can sleep more that 2 hrs. a night, enjoy a day with my family, maybe on a good day go to the beach, things that NORMAL people do every single day and don’t even think twice about it.
    If My Insurance Company refuses to renew my Prior Authorization, and refuses to pay for my Medications, while I am fighting for my right to have a quality of life that is by no means Pain Free, I will take necessary steps to make my voice heard. I spent days and days fighting with my Insurance Company to make them keep their contractual obligation to me and I won.
    But I now an facing what a lot of you have already have been through, wondering if the door to my meds will be slammed shut. But, I can tell you that I will not go down without a fight, and I wish I could inspire all of you to take your hurting, sick morally depleted soles and unify in a fight against the CDC, because as I see it, we do not have the time to wait for the errors in these medical decisions to swing back to a policy of measured normalcy.

    If at any time in our lives, those of us who are willing to take the fight back to the CDC who started this misguided attack on our community, with their misinterpretations of data, along with making up guidelines, that the Healthcare Insurance took and ran with and made those very ” GUIDELINES” the POLICY for their FORMULARIES as of Jan 1, 2016.

    The one thing I did do and it was exhausting, was to keep coming at them and calling and writing documenting every call, every contact every name, by date, and keeping notes. The Insurance Companies do not like to give out their names, they transfer you to dead lines, they will put you on hold for 30 minutes to nowhere. If you do get a person, often times I found they had no answers and many times I was hung up on. They could claim it was an accident, but it was not at all.
    Finally, just when I was ready to hire an attorney, as my Dr.’s staff was exhausted and fed up with also being lied to and no matter how much information they provided, they too were dead ended.
    I finally got one person in Corporate, who, after I had threated to hire an attorney and file a lawsuit, as I had met every dam credential and obstacle they put in my way, decided to intervene and look into why my Pre-Auth that was still good till the end of June 2017 was not being honored. Turns out, he claimed it was a paperwork error and that he would personally fix the problem.
    This is not the issue now. I will need a new Authorization now issued and I dread the fight that I know is coming my way. I will fight just as hard but I have no confidence that I will win this one, but I will still fight. HARD

    But one thing I know for sure, I am NOT responsible for the Heroin Epidemic in my State. I use my medications as prescribed and I do not divert them or do anything that violates my Pain Mgmt. Contract with my Doctor. I am a good person who got very sick and I should not be punished for needing medication to function. I am not a criminal, I am a Pain Patient and I refused to let the CDC with their misguided information and misinterpretations of the actual date about what is causing the Opioid Crisis in my State to ruin the quality life I am entitled to.
    No one has the right t be my Judge, My Jury and my Jailer as it is criminal to deprive suffering patients the medications they need.

    I hope this post helps anyone of you to not give up and keep fighting. I will post an update when I have more to tell.
    We need an advocate with a lot of money and who will speak TRUTH TO POWER.
    If you know someone who is willing to step up and take on our fight, we cannot ask that of them unless we too are willing to step into the light and fight back hard also.
    Be strong and don’t give up. One day at a time.

  134. Pingback: FDA Pulling Pain Medication Opana ER from Market, Is This the Beginning of the End for Chronic Pain Sufferers? – National Pain Report | | All Breaking News
  135. Jillian Drexler at 1:48 pm

    And we, the many innocent, continue to be punished for the actions of the guilty few…Such a damn shame.

  136. David Cole at 1:28 pm

    All chronic pain patients or anybody advocating for them, needs to go to change.org, and sign the petition(make opiates available to chronic pain patients again). As far as I’m concerned the United States government ie: CDC, FDA, DEA are committing murder. They know darn good and well thousands of chronic pain patients are committing suicide. If we don’t all stick together and find some way to fight back they are going to kill us all. We all know the government never thinks about unattended consequences, they have now created the potential of 20 to 40 million more customers for drug dealers. These people need to be in jail for crimes against humanity.

  137. Gina at 1:14 pm

    Although I am not on Opana ER, I am a chronic pain patient who has been on opioids for many years. I’m too embarrassed to tell my friends what I am on, but I only take my meds as prescribed. I had truly hoped my last cervical surgery would have allowed me to at least reduce some of the meds I am on or at least reduce the dosage. However, they pulled my arms back so hard and so tight during the surgery that I ended up with permanent shoulders injuries. I also have lumbar spine problems and extremities pain, numbness, burning, itching, etc. that doesn’t end. I am terrified about what will happen to me if my doctor is ever forced to reduce my meds.

    What bothers me how doctors and pain meds are being blamed for the current heroin epidemic. I realize there are a few bad doctors out there who make the news for selling patients extra drugs, but I’m sure this is a very small percentage. Most doctors I’ve seen through the years made sure I wasn’t abusing my prescriptions. I was told by a few doctors that I am not an “addictive personality”. At one hospital pain clinic I had to take an over 500 question test that supposedly showed that I was not an “addictive personality” (although that makes me laugh because our bodies do get physically addicted to them anyway. At the same time I understand what they’re referring to. But I always wondered….does that mean that people who are supposedly addictive personalities don’t get help even if they have a legitimate pain producing condition(s)?

    Anyway, I’m 61 and remember that codeine was still available in over-the-counter meds when I was young. I also polled just about all of my friends and we all remember being prescribed narcotics more than once as teenagers for different injuries, tooth extractions, etc.. Yet not one of us abused them or started taking other drugs because of being of them. Most of us remembered not even finishing the pills most of the time. It’s like we just knew and accepted that they were only used only short term. I also read that before my time, Coca-Cola actually contained cocaine (hence the name)! How many addicts were created by this? To my knowledge, none of my grandparents or parents ever had a cocaine addiction.

    My last 2 paragraphs personally make me believe the addiction epidemic that our country is going through is due more to the idleness of teens and possibly money problems with those who are selling drugs. I STILL am shocked when I read in the newspaper about someone in their 50’s and 60’s getting caught selling drugs! This was unheard of until a few short years ago–at least in my area.

    I am out of luck if the time comes that my doctor is ordered to reduce my medications. I have had 2 surgeons tell me now that I am no longer a candidate for surgery because of the amount of “metal” (I know it’s titanium but they used the word metal) in my neck. There are so many days now when I ask God what purpose He could possibly have in keeping me here since I am almost worthless. I live my life on the bed, and my social life consists of doctor appointments. I take several breaks while typing something online (like this) because of the pain. But I know the meds are still helping me because I feel the difference as they start wearing off. But even on my best days (pain level is a 7), if I’m on my legs for just a short time the pain increases to the nth degree (quickly jumps to a 10) in both my lumbar and cervical spine, and pains shoot into my head.

    Why does it seem that ever since the advent of HMOs, the insurance companies and our government have started treating us more than our doctors do? Yet our government doesn’t have to settle for the insurance that most of us have to. Sorry I went on so long, but I am so disgusted and scared. We’re being punished for something that most of us aren’t guilty of. I’m sure all of us here would be ecstatic to get our problem(s) fixed and get off these meds.

  138. Dennis Brassaw at 12:37 pm

    My chronic pain is a result of a bad idea for spinal lumbar fusion approved by the FDA in 1996. 28′ fall in ’92 left me with serious spinal injuries.
    Fusion of L5-S1 with Ray cages sans pedicle screws and rods, and having the spinal process and facet joints removed turned out to be a stupid procedure that the FDA decided in 2000/2001 was an oops moment in their decision making. But do they tell patients[victims really ] about this change in the standard of care for this procedure?
    Of course not, we recall cars, not people.
    18 months of pure hell post surgery had me deciding I would never have back surgery again.
    So when the barely fused L5-S1 broke in Sept 07 I refused to even think about seeing a surgeon. But by July ’12 I saw the Doc who did my ’99 surgery. Based an an MRI he said there was nothing wrong with my back. One year prior I had taken out life insurance in a plan to hold out for the 2 year exclusion to end.
    Now I only had to get back in line for the grim reaper.
    A neighbor intervened and sent me to is Neurosurgeon friend in another state.
    Go back to original hospital with radiology orders that clearly show my back is broken and head of radiology that does reading says everything’s fine. That despite the fact that every lay person that looks at x-rays goes “wow dude, your back is broken” Finally 5/1/13 repair is made by surgeon with the integrity to say original surgeon made a mistake. Fantastic right? I’m going to exit the pain train and the pain bitch from hell, WRONG. I wean myself off the pain meds and WAM BAM, THANK YOU MAME, the pain bitch is back now even more so than before.
    But my sociopathic[totally documented] Doc refuses to treat my pain. 6/’14 I’m put through a month of sleep deprivation. This story goes on with so much bat shit craziness I have no choice but to write a book.
    Currently I’m weaned off 90 mg oxycontin and oxycontin a day cause I broke my pain management agreement with pain clinic.
    This after NP threatens me every month with taking my meds away and looking around for options for my pain I tried pot and admitted this like a fool. Now I’m screwed.

  139. Rhonda potter at 12:33 pm

    Class action lawsuit is needed. This is like manslaughter or wannant endangerment. Why don’t they just take us to the gas chamber.?
    When my pain becomes unbearable, I’m going in as a lobbyist and taking my own life as my pain control for them to see! Bunch of idiots!
    Get a lawsuit started. By it without using your insurance.

  140. Dorlee at 12:19 pm

    Please, all those who have written send your comments to the FDA about Opana and any other opioid medication they are looking at. They are taking comments for just a couple more days I hear. e-mail address is advisory.com/daily-briefing/2017/06/09/opana

    Of course, there was no notice to make comments. We need to get in as many as we can. I have been leaving that e-mail address everywhere.

  141. kjn at 12:14 pm

    So because of a bunch of weak minded individuals who have no benefit to society,a group of people who work and struggle with chronic pain have to suffer???When did we go from being a society of citizens who took care of themselves to one where the government has to say,no you can’t have this to help your pain because this guy over here will misuse this and possibly die at his own hand???? Bullshit!!!

  142. Andrew Mueller at 12:13 pm

    This is so wrong of our government in America, just as millions of baby boomers ,begin suffering, but this is accelerated, by Geo spraying by shadow government branches, that we were warned about by former President Dwight Eisenhower, so now with heavy metal radioactive particles, GMO food , chemical added to water, and microwave grid, we’re all given more degenetive dieases, why cure it were making so much money off Cancer Respitory Problems.

  143. karen at 11:56 am

    I have Marfan’s disorder, which means that my body is destroying itself from the inside out. Anything which is held together by connective tissue has or is failing. This includes my spine. I’ve already had 6 surgeries to fuse/bolt/cage or half my spine and another surgery is in my future.
    Why does this matter to you, Mr FDA Commissar in charge of banning our legal access to a life-‘saving’ drug? I have been in hospital-based pain management (no, not one of those phony strip mall ones all over FL and other state which are the places you SHOULD be attacking instead of us) for 8 years. It was suddenly terminated because the hospital President was afraid of your witch hunts. But for the 8 years i was there weekly/monthly, working to learn to manage my beyond-extreme pain which occurs when your spine has collapsed and your heart valve explodes after months of undiagnosed heart attacks (women don’t have the simple signs you men have). Anyway, back to Opana. I spent 2 years working with my pain management Dr to find a medicine routine that would allow me to GET OUT OF BED, let alone survive the day. Opana is the cornerstone of that medicine routine. It has made it possible for me to survive the day, starting with my husband helping me take my 7:30am meds which includes Opana, because without the meds, i can’t even perform that simple task on my own. I then have to wait lying in bed an hour while the Opana to take effect so that i can roll over and sit-up, carefully, and then stand-up, sometimes after 2 – 3 tries. Opana enabled my Dr and me to build a medicine routine which minimizes the number of pills i have to take in a day because the Opana is an ER, elimiating my previous need to take oxycodone and dilaudid every 3 hours in order to just partially function. BTW, the “other” new ER’s that you all laud as a replacement for Opana are almost all made from morphine sulfate, which i cannot take since i took it for 2 years after the first time i broke my spine and it damaged my liver so severely, i have to take diabetes medication even though my glucose is at 82 but my insulin uptake mechanism was damaged by the morphine sulfate, so Opana is ALL I HAVE.
    It’s about time that all of you opioid witch-hunters remember that WE EXIST. It’s a shame that so many people in your various states have decided they are bored and so illegally obtain a pill on the street corner, but that i have to get with a written script from my Dr each month, and then they abuse, “party”, overdose, get high, any of the stupid things the drug abusers do. They’re the ones you need to be attacking, not us. You are not going to fix that problem by denying those of us who have a critical functional need for Opana — read your own newspapers…illegal Fentanyl compounds are killing far more drug abuser, partiers, high searchers, stupid junkies than any amount of Opana ever could. Go after them and leave us law abiding, daily physically challenged members in good standing of our communities alone!

  144. Tim Mason at 11:52 am

    The only thing that is EPIDEMIC is ignorance, bad reporting and a society hooked on reality TV shows.
    This is what happens when you have three generations of physicians and social science majors that FAILED mathematics. That’s right. I bet dollars-to-doughnuts all they had to take was a 200 level course in Statistics. (You remember the one that leaned heavily on cards and dice- the games of drunks). Laughable.
    Getting back to the Opana ban. I hear dealers are cutting heroin with expired Opana.
    The addiction problem is “Youth based” and is a Socioeconomic problem.
    The same set of statistics (lacking proper set, subsets and groups) with Opiates applied to gasoline would call for Gasoline and Diesel fuel to be banned to stop drunk driving.
    Yes my friends, the Scientific community has run out of common sense. It is no longer taught in colleges and Universities anymore. Every Chemist graduates as Chemo phobic and a Physician graduates Opioid phobic.
    Lord Help us!

  145. Kellie Eldridge at 11:37 am

    I’m a 42 yr old man thats disabled from a gunshot wound to the head and multiple other gunshots and stabwounds with every bone in my body thats been broken multiple times this medicine is the only thing I’ve ever found that will help ease my pain and I don’t think it’s right to take it away from people who use it tha way it’s prescribed because of junkies that don’t need it misusing it me and my wife who is disabled due to cancer are going to have to suffer while the junkies and addicts go to heroin and bring that stuff to our great nation were instead of it being prescribed by a doctor our children and grandchildren will be able to get it off the street from drug dealers its a dam shame it’s come to this because of junkies and addicts and unscrupulous doctors who gives it to young people who use it tha wrong way n don’t even need it and leave the people who really need it to better their quality of life without a way to manage their pain itl create more overdoses and death n an epidemic of epic proportions the likes of witch we’ve never seen in this wonderful place we call home it’s an outrage and naive to think that it won’t create more overdoses and illicit drugs to flood our streets were our children young people will be able to get it freely without a doctors supervision

  146. connie at 11:35 am

    Bob Schubring, I just wanted to ask you what YOUR lawyer is doing about this? My bet is that if you have looked for a lawyer as I and many others have you couldn’t find one to take on this kind of ridiculous crap! If you have actually found one please share his contact information so that the rest of us can be represented!
    Jasmine, obviously you are not a chronic pain patient or you would know what hoops you have to jump through to get a prescription and then to actually get it filled! I am still wondering where all the alleged pill mill doctors are! It’s just not that easy to get legally prescribed pain medication!
    I don’t use this particular medication but I am certain that fentanyl patches will be on the chopping block soon! It happens to be the only thing that keep me from having SEVERE DAILY headaches that have me puking on myself because I can’t get up! God help all of the CP COMMUNITY!

  147. Terry at 11:31 am

    I think the problem with the so-called opioid epidemic is public ignorant. If there was any way to let the public know what is really going on then chronic pain patients may have a fighting chance. If you talk to Joe Average on the street, he will tell you all about “opioid epidemic” and how it’s ruining people’s lives. There isn’t anybody publicly advocating for true chronic pain patients. I take four 15 mg oxycontin IR and three 40 mg ER per day. And if I tell someone that they ALWAYS immediately reply “holy shit!!! That’s unbelievable! Or some such nonsense. Just like a lot of you out there, you (hopefully), find someone who is willing to help you live a semi-normal life. There are reasons people take a lot of pain medication. In my case I have an enzyme in my liver that makes me a rapid metabolizer, which means, if for example the average guy can take two aspirin for a sprained ankle and be fine, in my case, because of the enzyme, I have to, probably in this example, take ten extra strength aspirin. What happens is whatever medication you take, it is flushed out of your body very quickly and the way that the enzyme breaks it down, the affect on the pain is very much diminished. As far as getting high or feeling light headed or whatever people say happens, I have never, not even once, felt anything except for the slow process of releeving my pain to the point that I can at least function somewhat normally. It usually takes until around one o’clock, and I get up around seven, before I can get going. If there was any way to get the thousands of chronic pain patients to unite and start a public dialogue I would totally participate 100 %. I just don’t know how to do that. Maybe Geoffrey Figer could start a class action lawsuit for patients who’s pain meds have been cut drastically or even stopped, I think would be awesome. People need to be informed about the truth of pain medication abuse and all of the horse sh&* associated with it. People believe what they hear. So if there are any lawyers out there who want to be our advocate and start a class action lawsuit, contact someone from our blog. Don’t ever quit! You are always in the fight!

  148. Nicole at 11:24 am

    I realize you are likely young and are not suffering from pain but I am not young and I am a pain patient.
    No doctor will prescribe pain meds to someone who selling the perscription.
    We sign contracts, part of the contractual agreement is that we take the medication as prescribed.
    We are given random U.A. as well as med checks.
    Med checks are when the physician or someone from the office calls the patient and requests they come to the office within a certain time frame and sometimes with only a couple hours and hand over all your medication for a count.
    It is NOT the legitimate pain patients or their physicians who are causing the problem.
    It is the government created drug market, pushing people to desperate measures.

  149. Jeanette Sawyer at 11:20 am

    As a long term pain patient, this really frightens me and makes me wonder….”which med is next?” Almost every drug above plain Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycodone have this same coating. Only Zohydro ER doesn’t, just the bead-tek technology, which makes it difficult to get over Hysingla. I was also hoping to switch to generic Opana from the patch, which I HATE with a passion, and can’t tolerate the coating well. It makes me so angry that we, as patients, are the ones who are paying the price for the heroin addiction problem. My pain clinic has a pain addiction psychologist on staff, frequent random tox screens, you name it. I would give anything to have my body be normal and give it all back. Any person truly in pain doesn’t want to be, and we don’t get euphoria from a dose of medication, just relief. Yet the DEA seems to act like taking our means of pain relief away is going to solve the abuse issue. They need real pain patients on their task force to hear the real truth!

  150. Nicole at 11:09 am

    Thank you!
    It is terrifying to wake up, Idk about other pain patients but personally I was living a full life, was able to go to the pool 3x a week, had loving and successful relationships with family and friends.
    Now, I have multiple UTI and kidney infections because I can barely get out of bed to use the bathroom.
    And I’m still being treated, with about half of what was working.
    So many of us hate waking up, it is a chore to fall asleep, a chore to stay asleep and a chore to be awake.
    This is craziness!
    It feels as if the government is simply weeding the population.
    People are not only dying due to suicide but from the effects of day in day out pain.

  151. Angel at 10:53 am

    The CDC & FDA have destroyed my life. Their pressure on prescribers means I get essentially get 1/16th of the medication I’ve been taking responsibly for 24 years. Due to this I’ve lost my ability to work and my home. My life is a shadow of what it was when my pain was treated and the CDC wasn’t run by idiots. I hope every addict and every idiotic politician every newscaster that’s intentionally misrepresented this burns in hell for what they’ve done to me and my family or gets a living hell like mine, untreated pain for incurable disease, as well as every doctor who stood by silently going along while their patients suffer and medicine is taken over by the federal government

  152. Anita Phillips at 10:52 am

    I am a nurse that has had to leave the profession when an injury caused CRPS/RDS. I am a tough cookie however the chronic pain that comes with this condition is indiscribably horrific. For medical reference please pull up the McGill Chart. I am under the care of a pain management specialist. I have tried many different medication with little to no relief. Finally my Doctor prescribed Opana ER. This medication has given me an improved quality of life. In the time since, the War on Opioids has my Doctor feeling the heat and potential wrath of the CDC and FDA. He has reduced my medication by half. The quality of my life has taken a dip. The notion of not having this medication is terrifying! I don’t know how I will be able to handle the full on constant pain of CRPS/RDS. The FDA is punishing responsible pain medication recipients like me. I didn’t choose this condition, I don’t and have never abused medication. Please FDA, consider the hell that you will be committing me to return to if Opana ER is pulled from the shelves. Consider the burden that will laden my family.
    I feel that the FDA has haphazardly lumped chronic pain sufferers in with the mix of street abusers. We are the ones who will ultimately pay a horrible price for this. The street abusers will mix another concoction with heroin and your efforts to save them will not work! They are addicts seeking a high. I do not get “high” from my medication. I get blessed relief from a monstrous condition that is spreading and there is no cure for.
    Please let our doctors treat us to a benificial therapeutic level of life without fear of retribution of the FDA while trying to do their jobs and honoring the Hippocrates Oath.

  153. Tracey at 10:50 am

    Wow. We all know what’s going to happen from here! First Opana ER, what’s next? Dilaudid, percocet, norco?? As a chronic pain sufferer and non-abuser of an opioid pain med, this frightens me! I depend on this med to help me get through most days. I still work full-time and run a household with teens, I would prob have much difficulty if i was unable to control intermittent pain. This is the first step of the FDA finding ways to remove all narcotic pain meds….eventually. They are going to create a much larger problem, how can they not see this?? Also, I’d like to know how many of those who voted are chronic pain patients who take meds as prescribed by a legal pain management office?? Would love to know! Thank you FDA for making the future of my pain control an absolute nightmare!

  154. Robert at 10:31 am

    Well said Elizabeth some people just don’t get it. Punishing the ones in pain is not the answer. But we do need an answer to the epidemic our country is going through.

  155. Mosie at 10:28 am

    Why is it that patients who use Opana successfully, as prescribed, are not important enough to be considered in the equation? I have used Opana for many years, even asking my doctor to reduce my doseage. At 10mg, I would get bad headaches. Working with my doc, I now take 5mg twice daily. He found other meds to help.
    Will Opana be yanked without warning? Patients need to be weaned off the med and start a new med, with a doctor’s oversight. Pain mgmnt docs will be swamped.
    Please, can we find a way to make patients voices heard?
    To address the real problem, addiction. Opana is not the problem.

  156. Robert at 10:27 am

    Well to the response that said that we should be testing to see who really have pain or not what test might that be. That’s right there is none sure there are MRI and CT scans but they only show some pain generators and if you where to look at just an MRI or CT of for instance the backs of 85% of the Country they would show a injury or a reason for the subject to have pain and a lot of those tested would have no complaints of pain. Then you have people with pain that show no signs of injury or a reason to have pain but they still have pain. I have half of my back fused and I have pain every day all day. I hate to see people lose there medications it’s not fair but we do have to figure something out. I’m a Fireman and a Medic have been for 14 years I have seen more over doses in the last year to two years then in all my years. We have at least 3 to 4 over doses everyday at least one die. That’s just my City imagine what it is in the whole country. These Drug Companys need to be paying for science to come up.with a test to actually test the levels of pain one is really experiencing. Best of luck to all those loosing there pain meds it’s going to get harder before it gets better.

  157. Christina at 10:26 am

    Herion is the reason for outbreaks are you FDA people really that dumb? I’d like to know we’re they get there PROOF of this. The things they do and we the people should demand PROOF!! Did these people have other drugs in there body or alcohol?
    We are all adults and we don’t need you to save us from ourself.. People choose there route in life and your not going to stop that EVER.. If the patient has legitimate conditions and chronic diseases let them live and have some quality of life…
    We the chronic pain patients should call on the DEA or start a petition because they are the ones whom let this pill mill crap even happen… Every doctors office rents office space and filed for a permit. How in the hell didn’t they see what was going on before it got out of hand?? Or did they? I thinks it’s how Obama care got passed.. They wanted control on we’re the opioids were coming from on top of a cut. This will bring the suicides rate up FDA I guarantee ya that and it seems like u don’t care about that either.

  158. Debora Farnsworth at 10:15 am

    I’m going to make my remark short and simple. Who from the FDA is going to come hold my hand, rub my back and comfort me and my family as I lay in the fetal position crying myself to sleep from my pain?
    I’m forgot, no one there gives a rats ass.

  159. David Cole at 10:03 am

    The CDC FDA and DEA are making the problem worse, not only have drug-related desk gone up since the government stuck their nose in doctors and chronic pain patients business, they have now created a 20 to 40 million more customers customer base for drug dealers, these people are incredibly incompetent or just flat stupid.

  160. Elizabeth at 9:48 am

    I’m going to overlook your ignorance “Jasmin”
    “This” is NOT a good thing. This is a horrible thing. This drug is what helps me get out of bed every morning by myself.
    If you knew anything about the prescription process to procure this drug, you wouldn’t be making idiotic statements about “having them checked out” and “making sure they need this”….that mentality is one of the reasons this madness is happening.
    You do not just get handed a script for this medication. You have been through countless MRI tests, CT scans, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons….etc etc. And you have very likely been on pain medications for a long time. This is NOT something that you easily access legally. You sign contracts that if you violate in any manner could cost you your freedom, your home and everything you hold dear in your life.
    I am disgusted with everything you posted.
    Would you like to know what ONE day is like, even with this medication? It takes the edge off of a level of pain I hope you never have to go through.
    As mentioned above by someone who is obviously educated about this issue…this isn’t going to solve the problem with addicts. They will find something else and they will continue to die because of the choices they make to knowingly ingest a substance for the sole purpose of getting high.
    Why not pull adderall? It’s pharmaceutical grade meth….nope, lets punish the people who really need these medications instead. The people who are already jumping through the hoops to fill a legal prescription. We’re double checked…by the doctor who writes it and the pharmacy who fills it.
    I’m so sick of the sympathy and concern being given to the junkies and the blatant disregard for the actual people who live in pain every single day. Pain that has taken away so many things from us and continues to takw more.
    So….”Jasmin”…. try educating yourself before you speak and pray you’re never going to be one of us.

  161. William Dorn at 9:44 am

    We must file lawsuits.There has to be lawyers out there that are affected by pain their selfs.People are going to die in large numbers.Ask your church members to start calling state reps.This is war on our right to live.Flood the white house phone lines.Do everything you can think of or start digging the graves.

  162. Johnny at 9:33 am

    Well this is great I use this for chronic lower back and leg pain. So now the FDA has decided that I don’t go through enough bull shit every month just to get the medication that I need just to be able to keep my job. When you have severe lower back pain and you need this kind of medication so you can put food on the table and pay bills. This means to be able to drive to work and work.
    The FDA can remove this medication and all that means is I will have to suffer and probably lose my job while the drug addict will just go get something else. So the only one getting the shitty end of this is the people who need and use this medication as prescribed because it no longer is available. The junkies will just move on to heroin or something else so as far as I can tell I believe the FDA is getting a kickback from the cartel. Because the demand for heroine has just increased by 10 fold.
    Thank you my beloved US Government agency fill your pockets while my family goes hungry because I lost my job due to them taking the only medication I have found that worked for 10 to 12 hours.

  163. m at 9:27 am

    Are they that vindictive and stupid? Post surgery, this is a valuable tool in getting spine patients home (and emptying the hospital) quicker. Make You are leaving these patients no recourse.

    Stop the madness!

  164. Jan Sullins at 9:24 am

    This is sad. And again the ones who suffer are patients with severe chronic pain. I wonder what the percentage of those who are prescribed Opana ER or generic Oxymorphone Er actually crush or alter pills and inject into their veins? Of course the percentage is very low compared to those who take it as prescribed. What is next? Their are some patients who respond better to this drug than others they have tried. Opiates are different and some have side effects different from a different opiate . It is very individual and Pain Mgt. doctors attempt to find best medicine for each individual patient. Their work is difficult to say the least and this just makes it more so!

  165. Bob Schubring at 9:23 am

    Where are our lawyers?

    We could file lawsuits to block every one of these horrific actions.

    Instead, we sit and cry to each other on blogs like this.

    If we patients are truly too cowardly to lawyer up and fight, then we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.

  166. MichaelL at 9:11 am

    I think the price of Opana was too high, for most of us peons. The price does not matter, though. Insurance pays for it, anyway!?…..(;-P… It would not affect those who did not need prescription insurance, because of financial status, either. It seems that $300/month prescriptions are being accepted as business as usual. Luckily, those of us, in the know, use the more affordable alternatives. Many of my old patients used less expensive, older medications. Now that I am disabled, I found that , even on Medicare, using nine different prescriptions/month, that I can still cut my bill by not using prescription insurance. I saved more than $800, so far this year! But, soon there will be no inexpensive alternatives, of any forms of medication, if the present environment in “health care” continues. I find that the latest reports show that the overall addiction rate may actually be less than the 1.5% that it has been during the past two centuries. When does an illness become an epidemic? How many people have to be affected? The addiction rate has found to be even much lower among chronic pain patients. Most take their medications responsibly, without abuse. But, why should the powers that be “care”, at all?! We don’t deserve to live a life without debilitating pain! Or do we?!!

  167. Sue Woodruff at 9:08 am

    Agree with every chronic pain sufferer’s comments! So pitiful- when will our voices be heard! Will we be “silent voices” forever 😢!?

  168. Mary Lenz at 9:01 am

    This is a really bad idea. I have been on this medication for years and it works well with no bad side affects. I hope this doesn’t go thru because I really don’t want to oxycontin or fentanyl bc of their horrible side affects.

  169. Stephen M at 8:47 am

    It’s official, a f*cking addict’s life is worth more than mine as a chronic pain patient.

    I keep hoping we’ve hit bottom, the CDC guidelines, banning kratom, etc.

    We accepted drug testing and being tested like criminals and where did it get us?

    I have a morphine allergy, so heroin isn’t an option for me, but I completely understand why so many people have gone that route.

  170. PC at 8:43 am

    I hate to call people ignorant, but apparently nobody is paying attention. The last time the government agencies tightened the screws, which was on the prescriber, which was around 2010 drug abuse and deaths from Overdoses got worse. Why? Because the people you are trying to protect can’t and won’t be stopped by removing prescription drugs. Yes the addict will take them if available, but if you remove them they just take illegal street drugs like heroin and trust me on this. The overdoses since 2010 have increased immensely. When doctors turned all their pain patients over to pain specialist the abuse of drugs like hydrocodone and oxycodone all but dried up. Did abuse of drugs stop? No. The addicts switched to heroin, which purity can’t be controlled and frequently this is laced with fentanyl and this has caused emergency rooms to see drug overdoses unlike any time in the past. I personally have seen more overdoses come into the ER in the past 18mos than I have in my entire 20+ yrs working in healthcare.
    I just can’t figure out what the government is trying to accomplish. The alcohol related deaths in 2015 are slightly more than 1.5 times those of opiods and 51% of opiods are heroin.
    I would think that if they seriously want to reduce the drug abuse they would start dealing with the abuser. Here in our ER every person that comes in almost dead from illegal drugs in their body is released to go back and continue their abuse. Wouldn’t it make since to either to start putting all hospital drug averdoses in mandatory rehab for 6-12 mos ($$$) and that would cost a lot too build all the new facilities we would need.
    This problem is similar to the handgun debate. ( Make the gun illegal instead of the crime)
    The issue with this approach is that I believe about 1 out of every 3 persons will deal with pain on some level, which means that all these actions will come back to bite many making these decisions for the day will come when you, or a loved one will need significant pain treated and all you will receive is Tylenol. The overdoses will continue to get worse with these actions. All you are doing is taking away medicine from people that need it. I think someone needs to show what someone on prescription pain medication has to go through month after month just to be on that medicine.

  171. Vincent Marrale at 8:41 am

    If they really want to help why don’t they do it right and get the drugs off the street. by going after pain patients they make it look like they are doing there job.

  172. Jasmin at 8:37 am

    In a way it’s a good thing. But again, the people who are overdosing are young people who are getting this drug from dealers on the street. Buying scripts from patients who are not even taking these pain meds or any pain meds. Just get money!!!!!!!!
    This is totally messed up. What they should have done at first when the doctors were prescribing pain pills to patients is make sure that they needed this. Had them checked out, tested, etc. Because anyone can say something hurts bad, but does it?

  173. Reed at 8:36 am

    Looks like the FDA wants to create a REAL public health crisis. No voluntary pull from the market will work. It will just come in now illegally from other countries. A bit too obvious. The risks…IV use…disease spreading, well jeez, I’m just SO glad Heroin and Fentanyl DON’T do the same (as well as every other opiate), no Heroin & Fentanyl just kill, that’s all. That’s apparently what the FDA wants. They want genocide and illegal markets. This is a tipping point where the government harms it’s citizens, and what unfortunately has to happen (should happen), is we need to exercise our constitutional right to overthrow or reform agencies like the FDA an CDC. They’ve become too powerful, have interests like PROP now tightly involved, and are not acting in the best interest of the people. They are undoubtedly making an “epidemic” into a full blown crisis and war on US citizens. Virginia similarly passed a stupid knee jerk law worded exactly like a PROP petition, and now, here comes the carfenantanyl (grey death). The crisis is, people are becoming more exposed to cheap illegal and deadly potent fentanyl that’ll kill you from apparently breathing it, but no…let’s just attack our Doctors, and legal pain medication that works when it is acceptably administered. Diversion control CAN be done, but when the FDA pulls stunts like this, it just makes it worse. iMakes no sense.

  174. Danny at 8:31 am

    Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This action will protect the public from further potential for misuse and abuse of this product.” Protect the public?!
    Possibly the most absurd statement I’ve EVER read. As for the question proposed in the title of this article? My answer is Yes, this is the beginning of the end for chronic pain sufferers. I’ve been reading the writing on the wall since the CDC’s “guidelines” were announced. It’s just a matter of time before the insurance companies jump on board to help them increase their profits.

  175. Laura Elliott at 8:13 am

    It is frightening that this is happening. This is not the opioid that I take but if they come after this one who knows what will be next. I have already been cut back to a point my quality of life has lowered. I feel powerless to stop what is happening to those of us who have chronic pain from chronic incurable illness. Our suffering will not help or stop the opioid epidemic but it does not seem to matter. It seems we are not even a consideration in the way this is being handled. As our medication is being cut back to a point functioning at all is becoming next to impossible, how are we to even fight this? I am in Texas and have contacted my congressman but to no avail. I am still getting pain meds but not at a level to offer much relief and my heart goes out to those who have it even worse.I fear if the current trends keep up we will all have it worse soon an many of us can’handle worse

  176. Pamela at 8:04 am

    This is too sad. I have been able to be a productive citizen for eight plus years and continue working because of this medication. I have tried other medications with horrible side effects and/or no relief. I have never taken more than prescribed and am screened for other drugs all the time. So now the FDA is saying let’s punish the legal individual due to the actions of the addicted. They are making a choice in their lives, I did not. I was born with my chronic illness. Why am I the one to get punished? To me they are saying too bad, quit working, go on social security disability let another source pay for you instead of paying your own way. Go home and sit in pain and have no value to your life. Because others cannot be adults and act responsibly. I am so frustrated at this point.

  177. Pingback: FDA Pulling Pain Medication Opana ER from Market, Is This the Beginning of the End for Chronic Pain Sufferers? – National Pain Report - BirmMack
  178. Christine Martin at 7:53 am

    Abuse has taken this away from our chronic pain sufferers. Their pain will continue in their bodies and now their pain will be in their mind also. Quality of life I think not quality of Health I think not. How many will we lose to depression and lack of spirit regarding their medication with help to their chronic pain.