so the FDA approved oxycontin for use in kids as young as 11 (see USAToday 8/14/15) and based its decision on studies done by the maker of the drug after it asked Purdue Pharma to do the studies?!! this is absolutely insane and is the epitome of regulatory capture in this country. I honestly don't know how anyone can take the crap that comes out of the FDA seriously when many of those paper-pushing commisars are directly or indirectly linked to the industry they allegedly regulate. I can understand the use of powerful opiates in a pediatric oncology patient and will ask my neighbor about it as he is a pediatric oncologist but this is just plain mad to approve it for the general pediatric population???? Hello?? Ever since moving to this country I have seen just how badly addicted and sleep deprived Americans truly are and its downright scary. And now they want to legally introduce a powerful drug such as Oxy to the pediatric population??? Oxy has a terrible legacy of addiction. In Canada where I'm from and practiced as a pharmacist for several years we approached the approval of new drugs or new indications for old drugs with caution and suspicion - better yet we used post-phase 3 data from the American population before making any approvals. Funny, I remember the stupid drug reps in Canada when they phased out OxyContin for a new product called OxyNeo that was harder to abuse because when junkies tried to snort or inject it it became all gooey - but then one day I was working at a methadone clinic pharmacy and one of the junkies coming in for his drink said "eh its not a problem we can get around that just freeze the tablets and smash'em with a hammer - problem solved!"