FDA Wants Tougher Rules for Painkillers Like Vicodin

Posted Friday, October 25th 2013 @ 9am  by John Johnson, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– It will likely be tougher for people to get their hands on Vicodin and similar painkillers next year. The FDA today recommended tougher restrictions for drugs made with hydrocodone, reports Reuters. Assuming the guidelines are approved by the department of Health and Human Services, patients would get fewer refills, and doctors no longer would be able to phone in prescriptions to a pharmacy. Instead, patients would need to present a written prescription.

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