MEDICAL RESEARCH

FDA panel backs approval of Pfizer's opioid painkiller

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York  (Copyright Reuters 2016)

A U.S. advisory panel on Wednesday recommended approval of Pfizer Inc's long-acting opioid painkiller Troxyca ER, saying it dulls pain and may deter people from snorting or injecting it.

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The panel concluded that the drug does not deter abuse by those seeking to manipulate and swallow the drug. The FDA is not obliged to follow the advice of its advisory panels but typically does so.