August 1, 2014

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McConnell contacts FDA about drug abuse

Continuing his efforts to help combat Kentucky’s prescription drug abuse epidemic, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., asking her to work to prevent the influx of generic opiates from coming to market that fail to incorporate technologies to reduce the likelihoods of misuse and abuse. In the letter sent today, McConnell wrote, “As I travel throughout Kentucky and meet with constituents, I continue to hear concerns about prescription drug abuse. Foremost in the minds of many of my constituents remains the FDA’s approval of generic versions of extended-release opiates without requiring technologies that reduce the likelihood of misuse and abuse.”