The all-out effort to make all opioid pain-relieving medications more difficult to get continues. Last week an FDA panel voted 19 to 10 to reclassify medications that contain hydrocodone – like Vicodin and Lortab – from Schedule III drugs to Schedule II drugs.
Currently, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, medications containing hydrocodone are classified as Schedule III drugs. This means doctors can call in or fax prescriptions to the pharmacy and can allow up to five refills in a six-month period.
If hydrocodone-containing products are reclassified to Schedule II, only written prescriptions with an original signature by the physician are acceptable and no refills are allowed. If you take a hydrocodone medication on a regular basis, that means in most cases you'll have to go to your doctor's office every month to get a new prescription.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) does allow, but does not encourage, doctors to issue multiple pre...
On Monday, the pharmaceutical company Zogenix, Inc. announced the FDA had accepted for review their New Drug Application (NDA) for Zohydro ER™ (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules).
Hydrocodone is one of the most frequently prescribed opioid drugs for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain. There are, however, two features that set Zohydro ER apart from other hydrocodone products currently available:
It does not contain acetaminophen.
It is an extended-release medication.
Other hydrocodone medications currently available (like Vicodin and Lortab) all contain acetaminophen , which can be hard on the liver. They are also all immediate-release, meaning they have to be taken every four to six hours. Zohydro is intended to be administered every 12 hours to provide round-the-clock pain management for an extended period of time.
Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, the goal for a standard review of an NDA is 10 months from NDA subm...
While most drugs are designed for specific uses, gabapentin (Neurontin) is a drug of many uses. Anti-biotics are used to treat infections. Hypertension is treated with blood pressure medication. Anti-emetics relieve nausea. The list goes on and on about specific drugs and what they are intended to do. Although a few, like gabapentin, are used for a multitude of problems. Gabapentin was originally designed to treat seizures. Its usefulness keeps expanding into other areas for the treatment of pain, anxiety and addiction.
For years, gabapentin has been a valuable tool for the treatment of pain, specifically neuropathic pain. This drug calms painful nerve impulses in conditions like diabetic peripheral neuropathy, phantom limb pain and sciatica. But its usefulness for the treatment of pain goes beyond the nerves .(1) Even cancer-associated pain and surgical pain respond to gabapentin. If someone does not tolerate this drug because of side effects like drowsiness or dizziness, other...
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