Thursday, August 19, 2010

GHB for Fibro?

Drug Made Infamous By Date Rapes Gets Second Look For Fibromyalgia

The powerful depressant known as GHB, which was put under the strictest government regulation in 2000 after it was found to have been used as a knockout potion in sexual assaults, is getting a new lease on life.

A company called Jazz Pharmaceuticals wants to sell the stuff under the brand-name Rekinla as a treatment for fibromyalgia. A panel of experts will meet this Friday to review the evidence in support of the drug and make a recommendation to the Food and Drug Administration.

The central issue is how the company will make sure that the medicine intended to relieve the chronic pain of fibromyalgia patients doesn't find its way into the hands of creeps.

The FDA released a bunch of documents in advance of the hearing that describe the company's plans for safeguarding the supply. Essentially, only approved doctors would be allowed to prescribe the medicine. Patients' eligibility would be verified, and they'd be registered in a database. Then, according to the plan, one of 15 specially certified pharmacies would ship the stuff to them. No walk-up, retail prescriptions allowed.

The rest of the article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i could use some right now!