Pharmacists Urge Congress Not To Restrict Hydrocodone Use

Law360, New York (June 1, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT) -- Pharmacists are urging Congress to abandon plans to more heavily restrict hydrocodone, a popular opioid painkiller, arguing that such a move would cut off legitimate pain patients from needed medication and impose harsh burdens on pharmacies, according to a letter released Thursday.

The pharmacists, represented by five industry groups, are taking issue with a provision of the Senate version of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration user fee bill, which includes a slew of changes to laws governing prescription drugs.

The provision would reclassify all hydrocodone...
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