Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Christine Fiedler
(WASHINGTON) Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and a bipartisan group of eight other Members of Congress, including Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), sent a letter to the FDA. The letter calls for action to reschedule drugs with hydrocodone, such as Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco, in them in order to help fight prescription drug abuse.
The letter also points out the FDA has taken too long to act: "It has been 14 years since the initial petition requesting that the FDA and Drug Enforcement Administration evaluate the proper scheduling of hydrocodone combination drugs...[it] has exceeded the 'reasonable time' requirement of the Controlled Substances Act."
Rescheduling hydrocodone from a schedule III to a schedule II would make it harder for someone to get it; it also means only a pharmacist--not a tech--could handle the drug. A schedule I drug is an illegal drug.
You can read the full letter to the Commissioner of the FDA here.
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