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Judge hits state on painkiller ban

Zobel signals she’ll reject Patrick’s action on Zohydro

A federal judge said Tuesday that she will probably strike down Governor Deval Patrick’s emergency ban on the sale of Zohydro, a controversial painkiller that has been approved by federal regulators but that critics say is highly addictive.

US District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel gave state lawyers until Monday to further research their defense of the governor’s ban, but she indicated that she would grant a preliminary court injunction on behalf of the drug’s maker that would allow Zohydro’s sale in Massachusetts.

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