Gregory Alan Smith, M.D. Protests Release Of New Painkiller

3-26-2015 1-18-15 PM

A Los Angeles-based doctor, along with several activist groups, protested the recent release of the painkiller Zohydro ER in front of the Food and Drug Administration building in Irvine.

Dr. Gregory Alan Smith, who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and also addiction to prescription painkillers, expressed his concern Thursday about the FDA’s pending approval of the drug because it does not have any anti-abuse safeguards built into its formulation to help reduce diversion.

“It can be crushed and snorted or liquefied and injected, and the 50 milligram size is like taking 10 Vicodin tablets at once. This is insane!” he said.