FDA maps further clamp-down on opioid painkillers

October 25, 2013 2:41 AM

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FDA maps further clamp-down on opioid painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration has laid out a roadmap for greater strictures on the prescribing and dispensing of hydrocodone and analgesics that contain it. The move is the latest in a chain of actions taken by the FDA and other agencies to address a burgeoning U.S. crisis of addiction to opioid painkillers.

Under a plan announced by the FDA on Thursday afternoon, products containing the opioid painkiller hydrocodone, including combination analgesics such as Vicodin (which mixes hydrocodone with acetaminophen) will be classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency as Schedule II substances, with added restri...

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