FDA pushes for more restrictions on prescription painkillers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Federal Drug Administration wants to make it harder for people to abuse prescription painkillers. It's proposing new restrictions on the number of refills patients can get on painkillers with hydrocodone in them.

In order to fill the prescription, one would have to have a written prescription from a doctor instead of just having the doctor call the pharmacy.

The FDA hopes this will curb abuse, but some in the medical field are worried it would be a burden to patients who are already suffering.

"By making hydrocodone harder to prescribe and dispense, our patients are probably going to have a harder time getting control of their pain," Doctor Brian Bruel said.

The FDA also wants to reclassify painkillers with hydrocodone. It would put them in the same category as Oxycontin, methadone, and other drugs known for abuse.

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