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FDA Panel Votes for Tougher Curbs on Vicodin, Other Painkillers
Date:1/27/2013

issues [access and diversion]," but also felt that there were alternatives to reclassifying.

"We need more education about how to safely prescribe these drugs and identify people who are safe candidates and prescribe less," he said. "At the same time, we need a national campaign that informs the public and people who are receiving the medications that it's dangerous to have leftover medications and that they need to find ways to dispose of their medications or not accept a prescription."

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SOURCES: Andrew Kolodny, M.D., president, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, and chair, psychiatry, Maimonides Medical Center, New York City; Lynn Webster, M.D., president-elect, American Academy of Pain Medicine; U.S. Food and Drug Administration


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