TYLER (KYTX) - A powerful new painkiller called Zohydro is stirring up controversy. It's hydrocodone in a pure and much stronger form. It's meant for patients in extreme chronic pain, but critics worry about abuse and addiction.
The FDA approved it in October, and it became available to pharmacies this month.
Zohydro is finally available, but ordering it isn't so easy. It's extremely potent, so it comes with a lot of restrictions. Plus, once a patient orders it, it doesn't go on the back shelves with the other hydrocodone. It's actually locked up until the patient comes and picks it up in person.