FDA just drove up the “street value” of Hydrocodone

According to MEDPAGES TODAY… the FDA committee recommended Hydrocodone combinations to C-II

FDA Panel Votes for Tighter Controls on Vicodin
SILVER SPRING, Md. — An FDA advisory committee has voted 19 to 10 in favor of moving hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco into the more restrictive schedule II category of controlled substances.

4 Responses

  1. Really???? The only thing that’s going to do is increase the amount of time I have to spend filling it because now I have to add running back and forth to the C!! cabinet to get the bottle since I can’t keep it on my ‘fast mover shelf’ anymore, not to mention further increasing my risk of getting held up. In Indidna, they want to change PSE to a CIII, I’m not a policeman, I’m a pharmacist. I use our INSPECT, maybe if we ALL (pharmacists and doctors) got together and consistently USED our state databases and the boards listened to our complaints about particular ‘pill mill docs’ and ‘doctor shoppers’ this wouldn’t be necessary. This goes through, I’ll seriously have to consider whether or not to ‘conceal and carry’

  2. We discussed that at work yesterday. Both pharmacists agreed it was the best thing they’ve heard in a long while. The PIC was already talking about where to put the vault! We did say that SOMA should be added to the list, tho. Sure more paperwork. But I’d rather do paperwork if it meant less addictions. We all agreed on that. Guess that’s the nice thing about a small independent pharmacy. We can have the luxury to care about our community. Not just focus on script counts.

  3. You have got to be kidding! No, I know YOU are not. But, the FDA has gone nuts. Eventually, everything will be a CII. More paper work. More inventories. More problems and aggravations for the patients that really need it. I just love the way our government agencies are trying to ‘control’ everything. Pretty soon they will control what we eat. But, I think I would favor that more than the control on drugs. The biggest problem I am seeing is obesity. It far outweighs hydrocodone abuse, and it driving the cost of healthcare through the roof. So, lets have the FDA start monitoring everyone’s weight. If they begin to gain too much weight, lets send them to a ‘diet prison’. It is a real prison, but only for those people that don’t adhere to their diet. Well, I think my idea makes as much or more sense than the CII scheduling of Hydrocodone. If it is so bad, then why not just make it a CI and it can no longer be dispensed.

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