New DEA rules place more restrictions on popular painkillers

October 5, 2014 11:14 AM

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New DEA rules place more restrictions on popular painkillers

A rule from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which takes effect Monday, reclassifies hydrocodone-based drugs — which include widely prescribed painkillers such as Vicodin and Lortab — into a new, more restrictive category.

The change means that doctors will be allowed to only prescribe the drugs in intervals of 30 days or less, for no longer than 90 days total. If patients need more medication they must visit their doctors for a new prescription, as opposed to the current practice of having refills called in to a phar...

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