Thursday, November 15, 2007

Feds 'paranoid' about pain drug, doctors say

From the Ottawa Sun:
Canadian pain doctors are calling for Health Canada to avoid "paranoid scheduling" of tramadol, a popular prescription drug that could end up being put on a list of controlled substances.

Dr. Roman Jovey said the Canadian Pain Society's aggressive opposition to Health Canada's proposal is "unique," but the association believes the feds are making a grave mistake by grouping tramadol with already restricted narcotics, such as morphine and codeine.

"The question is, where do you draw the line?" asked Jovey, past-president of the pain society.

However, Health Canada spokesman Paul Duchesne said the agency believes tramadol "may be abused" like other painkillers listed in the controlled substances list. ...more

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