FDA Wants Limits on Most Prescribed Painkillers

FDA wants limits on most prescribed painkillers
That ease of access has made it many health care professionals' top choice for treating chronic pain, everything from back pain to arthritis to toothaches. In 2011, U.S. doctors wrote more than 131 million prescriptions for hydrocodone, making it the …
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FDA approves more powerful, pure hydrocodone drug
The agency said Friday it approved the extended-release pill Zohydro ER for patients with pain that requires "daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment" that cannot be treated with other drugs. Hydrocodone is currently sold in combination pills like …
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