FDA Pushes Tougher Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers

Law360, New York (October 24, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT) -- In a long-awaited move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending putting more restrictions on Vicodin and other hydrocodone combination painkillers, some of the most prescribed and abused drugs in the country, the agency announced Thursday.

The FDA intends to advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reclassify the drugs from Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act to Schedule II. Drugs in that class require a written prescription, cannot be refilled without subsequent prescriptions, and must be kept locked and closely inventoried by pharmacies.

"This determination comes after a thorough and careful analysis of extensive scientific...

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