The FDA Approved Sufentanil, A Drug Which Is 1,000 Times Stronger Than Morphine, Even Though One Dropped Tablet Could Kill A Child
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has worked for years to try and create mass hysteria in order to get Kratom banned, and has refused to properly regulate Kratom as well. Instead of approving Kratom, a supplement which has benefited, if not saved, the lives of millions of Americans and has never caused an overdose death in history, the FDA has instead chosen to approve Dsuvia, a Sufentanil tablet, with Sufentanil being a drug that is 10 times more potent than Fentanyl and 1,000 times more potent than Morphine.
Dsuvia is so potent that each tablet is just 30 micrograms, yet is equivalent to a powerful Morphine dose of 30 mg. Further, each Dsuvia tablet is smaller than a tic-tac and practically microscopic.
In-fact, the FDA initially rejected Dsuvia primarily because clinical trials showed that the tablet was often dropped on the ground. The former FDA Advisory Committee chair said “If one of those Tic Tacs drops on the floor and a child picks it up, they’re going to be dead”. The FDA went on to say that if any child, elderly person, or pet ingested a dropped Dsuvia tablet, they would not be able to breathe and would die.
So why was a pill that is so potent and easy to mishandle approved? Apparently the FDA called a meeting to approve Dsuvia a year after the initial rejection, and purposely didn’t invite most of the members of the FDA safety committee, and inserted a new lineup of people that had favorable views towards approving the drug.
Literally, even the standard FDA staff didn’t want to approve Dsuvia, but someone at the top pulled some moves to force the approval through.
Apparently the FDA did this because the Department of Defense provided $22 million of funding for developing Dsuvia. The military argued that Dsuvia was needed on the battlefield, and the Department of Defense almost took away the FDA’s power to approve military oriented drugs, before a compromise was reached where Dsuvia and other military-funded drugs were pushed through the approval process.
Beyond some FDA staff being against Dsuvia, a consortium of Congressional representatives and public safety advocates rallied against Dsuvia, bringing up the logical point that this country already has an opioid pandemic, and a new opioid 1,000X stronger than Morphine is the last thing this country needs.
Further, once Dsuvia was approved, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) issued an internal bulletin that Dsuvia would likely exacerbate the opioid crisis, and would cause a higher death rate than any other opioid drug.
Notably, Scott Gottlieb, the same FDA Commissioner who demonized Kratom, personally put his stamp of approval on Dsuvia, and still defends his decision to this day. Literally, the man who tried scaring the nation into thinking Kratom is dangerous simultaneously approves of a drug which is 1,000X more potent than Morphine.
Ultimately, Dsuvia may be used in the military, but now Dsuvia has launched a nationwide sales campaign targeting hospitals and even dentists, so Dsuvia is making its way into the general drug circulation of the country, and undoubtedly will cause deaths.
The Founder of the company which created Dsuvia says “We’re excited in that everyone who tries it is like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is great. And they want to reorder and use it, but it’s just trying to get them to try it the first time.”
This is basically the same thing that any Heroin or Crack dealer would say, yet this is somehow considered legitimate business in the United States.
Thus, the FDA’s anti-Kratom propaganda is bologna, especially when considering that the FDA readily approved Sufentanil despite Congressional representatives, the FBI, and even FDA staff members calling for the drug to be rejected, since it makes no sense to approve a drug 1,000X stronger than Morphine during a national opioid epidemic.
On a final note, the FDA makes claims that Kratom has adverse effects, and none of these claims are backed by science, yet the FDA approved Dsuvia despite these scientifically proven side effects:
- Life-Threatening Respiratory Depression [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]
- Addiction, Abuse, and Misuse [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]
- Adrenal Insufficiency [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)]
- Severe hypotension [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)]
- Gastrointestinal Adverse Reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.12)]
- Seizures [see Warnings and Precautions (5.13)]
- Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15)]