Oxycodone is now available in abuse deterrent formulations and doctors are a lot more cautious about whom they prescribe the drug. It may be shocking to learn that OxyContin ® was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for children as young as 11, The Washington Post reports. The approval, naturally, has been met with severe criticism and many claim that the FDA is putting the needs of Purdue Pharma (the makers of OxyContin ®) ahead of child welfare.
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) has called for a Senate investigation into the administration's decision, according to the article. Manchin told the FDA in a letter that they “should be absolutely ashamed of itself for this reckless act.” He believes that the FDA’s approval will result in “poisoning our children’s brains and setting them up for future drug abuse.”
The FDA’s approval of OxyContin ® for 11 to 16 year olds came from research on the drug which supported its use in limited situations. The agency claims that that the drug should only be used for severe pain when other drugs were ineffective.
“We understand there is a terrible problem with opioid abuse and addiction,” said Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “But this is about evidence-based medicine for children — seriously ill children who are suffering pain.”