Medications containing hydrocodone subject to new, stricter prescribing rules

October 5, 2014 11:12 PM

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Medications containing hydrocodone subject to new, stricter prescribing rules

PROVIDENCE, R.I.– More than 65 prescription medications containing the most widely-prescribed painkiller hydrocodone will be subject to new, stricter federal prescribing rules as of Monday.

The rules cover an array of prescription painkillers which combine hydrocodone with acetaminophen (Vicodin) or ibuprofen (Reprexain), as well as some prescription cough medications, all of which will be now be regulated as schedule II drugs.

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