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FDA recommendations could crack down on prescription abuse

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An FDA recommendation would make patients get new prescriptions instead of refills for certain drugs. An FDA recommendation would make patients get new prescriptions instead of refills for certain drugs.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Tennessee Valley pharmacist calls new Federal Drug Administration regulations on some of the most popular painkillers "a crackdown on prescription drug abuse."

Some of those drugs include Hydrocodone and Lortab. The FDA wants to change the drugs from a Schedule III classification to Schedule II, which could impact the way people get their medication.

Propst Discount Drugs pharmacist Adrienne Savage said the biggest shift is that people will no longer be able to just refill a prescription; now they'll have to go to the doctor every single time they want a prescription and the doctor will have to make that determination.

Savage said all of these drugs used to be considered low-abuse. However, the FDA has changed their opinion of that and now believes they have a very high potential of abuse. Savage said this is going to cause a lot of frustrations with people that have prescriptions for drugs like Hydrocodone. It will also require pharmacies to keep even more detailed records and special log books for these types of medications.

"Anyone on Lortab, Norco, any of the Hydrocodone products is going to have to go and see their doctor each and every time," said Savage.

The recommendations could go into effect in the next few months.

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