Monday, January 28, 2013
From the Journal Sentinel:
In a monumental pushback against America's narcotic painkiller epidemic, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended Friday that stricter controls be placed on popular narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin.
The 19-10 vote will be used by the FDA to decide if drugs containing the opioid hydrocodone should have the same restrictions as morphine and OxyContin, which contains oxycodone.
Ever since coming on the market 40 years ago, hydrocodone drugs have had fewer restrictions. However, as overdose deaths and addiction rates soared over the past decade, hydrocodone as been at the center of a fight to reform the use of opioids and deal with America's epidemic of painkiller abuse.
The vote recommends that hydrocodone products be moved from the more relaxed controls of Schedule III to Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act.
Read the full article at: http://www.jsonline.com/features/health/fda-panel-votes-to-place-tighter-controls-on-narcotics-like-vicodin-k28h6hl-188396901.html