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FDA recommends tighter checks on painkiller

October 25, 2013
by David Gutman
Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hydrocodone, a powerful and widely abused drug found in prescription painkillers, will likely become more difficult to get after the Food and Drug Administration recommended tightening regulations on the drug.

On Thursday, the FDA officially recommended that hydrocodone be reclassified as a schedule II narcotic, the strictest classification for drugs that have an accepted medical use. The strongest prescription painkillers, drugs like OxyContin and methadone, are already classified as schedule II.

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