FDA to consider stricter prescription rules for painkillers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

FDA to consider stricter prescription rules for painkillers

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Officials with the drug enforcement agency have asked the FDA to consider stricter prescription rules for painkillers that contain hydrocodone, like vicodin, after finding a significant spike in people who are abusing the drugs. The Food and Drug Administration is conducting a two-day meeting to determine whether narcotics that contain hydrocodone need to be classified as schedule two drugs. And if that happens, there would be fewer prescriptions written.  Also, pharmacies would have to put those drugs in a locked case.  An FDA advisory panel will make its recommendation tomorrow.

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