A Federal Court has prohibited Massachusetts from banning the use Zogenix, a painkiller. This may signal a major challenge to workers’ compensation insurance company reform efforts to restrict opioid use and dependence on a State by State basis.
The Court reasoned: “The FDA has the authority to approve for sale to the publica range of safe and effective prescription drugs—here, opioid analgesics. If theCommonwealth were able to countermand the FDA’s determinations and substitute itsown requirements, it would undermine the FDA’s ability to make drugs available topromote and protect the public health.”
ZOGENIX, INC. v. DEVAL PATRICK, CIVIL ACTION NO. 14-11689-RWZ, US District Court District of MA, Decided April 15, 2014.
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