Long Term Care Providers Protest FDA’s Decision to Reclassify Hydrocodone Medications

By |March 11, 2014|Categories: Breaking News, Government|Tags: , , , |

Long term care providers are speaking out against a recent decision by the FDA to reclassify certain pain medications across the nation.

Reclassifying HCPs

Vicodin and similar painkillers are being reclassified from Schedule III drugs to Schedule II drugs, according to a proposal in the February 27 Federal Registrar, also known as the Daily Journal of the United States Government. Officials say these drugs have reached abuse levels that equate to an epidemic, which requires addressing.

Despite the widespread abuse, though, the hydrocodone medications also provide necessary pain relief to many kinds of people, including those in nursing homes suffering from long term[…]