Troubled pharmaceutical company Zogenix Inc. (Nasdaq: ZGNX) has filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts in response to Gov. Deval Patrick’s executive order prohibiting the sale of painkiller Zohydro ER. "The use of oxycodone and other narcotic painkillers, often as a route to heroin addiction, has been on the rise," Patrick says. The governor directed the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ban Zohydro ER, which he says is not available in an "abuse-deterrent form."
On April 7, San Diego-based Zogenix filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts requesting that the court grant a temporary restraining order to delay an executive order from Patrick that bans the sale of Zohydro ER. The painkiller is an extended-release hydrocodone, an opioid derived from codeine One of the advantages Zogenix says is offered by Zohydro ER is that the medication does not include acetaminophen, which has been linked to liver damage.