How Can You Help Stem the Tide of Deaths and Addiction
DEMAND ACTION BY THE FDA!
February 2005 Citizen Petition 2005P-0076 was filed with
the FDA by Barbara and Kirk Van Rooyan on behalf of
all those who have died or become addicted to OxyContin.
petition requests that the FDA change the indications
for OxyContin to use with SEVERE pain only from
documented tissue disease. The petition also requests
that OxyContin be temporarily removed from the
market until it can be manufactured in an abuse
FDA may act on either or both of these requests but
instead has chosen to IGNORE all requests.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has twice written the FDA
requesting that they act upon Citizen Petition
2005P-0076. The requests thus far have been IGNORED.
(link to Feinstein letter)
a U.S. Senator or Representative from every state in the
nation wrote the FDA asking for action on Citizen
Petition 2005P-0076 it would be virtually impossible for
the FDA to continue its silence!
So, please take the following steps:
1) Find your U.S. Senators� and Representative�s phone
2) Call and ask for the name of the congressmember�s
legislative aide in charge of health issues. Ask to
be connected to their office.
You will almost certainly get voicemail.
3) Leave a message that you have important information
concerning OxyContin and a Citizen Petition currently in
documents management of the FDA. Let him/her know you
would like an opportunity to discuss the issue and/or
e-mail or fax them a copy of the petition and other
pertinent information. Ask for a call back so that you
may get e-mail and fax information.
4) Most aides will call back, will listen and will read
what you send. HOWEVER, it is important to follow up
and follow up and follow up. Once you have the e-mail
address for the legislative aide you can begin educating
and asking for the senator or representative to send a
letter to the FDA in support of the petition. (you can
send Feinstein�s as an example). Send information about
the Purdue plea agreement and sentencing and other
pertinent articles frequently, then follow up with phone
calls to see if the aide has received, read them and had
a chance to discuss with the congressmember.
It took 3 years and the final clincher of the plea
agreement to bring Senator Feinstein on board but I
think now that she has supported the petition other
members of Congress will be easier to persuade. But
they do need to hear from YOU and have you �SK for their
THE FDA CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE IN SILENCE AS
PEOPLE CONTINUE TO DIE AND BECOME ADDICTED TO OXYCONTIN.
We need at least one person from every state in the
nation contacting Congress and asking for support for
Citizen Petition 2005P-0076.