FDA asks more severe conditions for prescription of drugs containing hydrocodone

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Actually, hydrocodone is classified in the Schedule III class. This means that a prescription can be refilled up to five times before the patient must ask again the advice of a physician. If hydrocodone will be reclassified in Schedule II, a prescription’s validity will be for only 90 days, as for other addictive painkilling drugs.
Usually, hydrocodone was prescribed for treating chronic pain, from the back pain of arthritis to toothaches.
Positive signals have been given from the lawmakers after the FDA decision. “Rescheduling hydrocodone from a Schedule III to a Schedule II drug will help prevent these highly addictive drugs from getting in the wrong hands and devastating families and communities” said in a statement Democrat Senator Joe Manchin.

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