29 Jun Policymakers Urge FDA to Do Its Part in Limiting Prescriptions for Vicodin
In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia demanded that the organization stand up for the American people and take a stronger stance against drugs containing Hydrocodone. Hydrocodone such as that found in Vicodin, is a powerful narcotic painkiller that is highly addictive. As such, it is often taken recreationally in the United States.
The letter comes on the heels of a meeting by the FDA advisory board in which members voted overwhelmingly to re-class drugs with Hydrocodone from Schedule III to Schedule II because of their high potential for misuse. While the FDA normally acts on the advice of its panels, so far the organization has remained silent.
Manchin, along with several others senators, both Republican and Democrat from West Virginia, Illinois, New York, California, Massachusetts, and Florida all showed their support for the measure, calling the FDA to “act without delay.” In the letter, Manchin stated that the agency had already made the American people wait too long.
This isn’t the first time this issue has come before the FDA. In 2008, the FDA rejected a proposal to make it harder to obtain painkillers containing Hydrocodone. At that time, even the Drug Enforcement Agency voiced a concern that the organization should reconsider due to the drug’s high rate of abuse. At the present, Hydrocodone products are the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S.
Per information presented by Americannews.com, this time, the FDA’a own authorities recommend that something be done to combat the deadly cycle of abuse, with members voting to more strictly reclassify the drug, 19 to 10. If the FDA decides to act, Hydrocodone prescriptions will be written once and if a refill is required, patients will need to revisit their doctor for a new prescription. Currently, Hydrocodone patients can get up to five refills before having to see their doctor again.
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