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FDA and Legislators Introduce Bill Aimed at Reclassifying and Restricting Hydrocodone Drugs
Date:4/3/2013

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

New congressional legislation has been put forward in order to reduce the significantly increasing prescription drug problem, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.

Hydrocodone-based medications, which include Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab, are a class of drugs that account for the highest rates of abuse in the country. Prescription drugs continue to cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, and drug fatalities have also surpassed deaths from vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental fatalities in America.

In January, the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) met and an advisory panel approved strengthening the restrictions on Hydrocodone combination drugs in order to make them more difficult to obtain and prescribe.

Following the FDA panel suggestion, new legislation called the Safe Prescribing Act of 2013 was proposed by legislators. The new bill, which was signed by 41 members of Congress from both parties, would tighten regulations on Hydrocodone by limiting the number of pills given out at one time, stopping new refills without new prescriptions, disapproving prescriptions made by fax or over the phone prescriptions, and creating new protocols and storage procedures for pharmacies and distributors.

“It’s great that Congress is stepping up and taking action to help fight this epidemic of prescription drug abuse sweeping the country,” said Pax Prentiss, CEO and co-founder of the Passages Addict
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