Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Opioid Medication Controversy

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) wants greater restrictions on prescribing the most commonly used opioid drugs: those containing  hydrocodone, of which the most well-known is probably Vicodin.

The change would stop doctors from writing prescriptions for more than one month's supply at a time or calling in new prescriptions without seeing their patients.

Kolodney, who leads Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.wants the Food and Drug Administration to rewrite the labels on all opioids to say that doctors should write prescriptions only for severe pain and at much lower doses, and that patients should be kept on the medications for no longer than 90 days at a time.


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