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New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect
Modern Healthcare

The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and other generic versions will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine and oxycodone. Patients will be limited to one 90-day supply of medication and will have to see a healthcare professional to get a refill. Additionally, in many states prescribing authority will be limited to physicians, not nurses or physician assistants.

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