FDA panel wants limits on hydrocodone
Health advisors want new restrictions on hyrocodone because of abuses, ranking first or second in the U.S. each year. It is a highly addictive ingredient found in Vicodin and other widely abused prescription drugs. The FDA's panel of drug safety specialists voted to subject hydrocodone drugs to the same restrictions as narcotics like oxycodone and morphine. The Drug Enforcement Administration has asked the FDA to reclassify hyrdocodone as a schedule III drug, limiting which kinds of medical professionals can write prescriptions and how often.