FDA cracks down on hydrocodone combination drugs

Effective Oct. 6, 2014, hydrocodone combination products will be moved from a Schedule III to a more strict Schedule II drug. That means hydrocodone combination products in such common pain medications such as Vicodin hydrocodone-acetaminophen now join other drugs such as methamphetamine, codeine, morphine and Adderall.

The scheduling action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration imposes the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule II controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, dispense, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities with, conduct chemical analysis with, or possess) or propose to handle hydrocodone combination products.

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