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Shaheen, NH Senate alarmed over painkiller

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is voicing concern about abuse potential of a powerful new painkiller - a day after a New Hampshire Senate committee proposed an 18-month moratorium on the drug.

Shaheen is sending a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, asking the FDA to reconsider its October 2013 approval of Zohydro ER.

The approval was granted despite an FDA advisory panel opinion that the drug lacked any deterrent against abuse.

Several hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire earlier this month said they won't stock the powerful painkiller, which hit the market in March. They include Fletcher Allen Health Care, Rutland Regional Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The state Senate's Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing on its proposed moratorium on Zohydro April 15.

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