In 2012, New Jersey reported more than 700 deaths involving prescription drugs, especially oxycodone, according to the state medical.
In one of the more curious sections of Thursday’s report, the DEA countered public concerns that restricting access to painkillers could adversely affect the residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities; the authorities said such facilities can be prime sites for drug diversion and medication theft because large amounts of controlled substances are in the care of staff that often includes people with property crime convictions.
Last October, after years of resistance, the FDA recommended tighter controls on hydrocodone-containing products.
“We welcome this decision as an important move to help prevent the diversion of highly addictive medication,” said acting Attorney General John J.
Pharmacists turn away legitimate pain patients as wholesalers limit shipments of care profession want to see prescription medications used appropriay. to maintain effective controls against the diversion” of oxycodone.
The delicate balance between curbing controlled-drug diversion and meeting the critical needs of people with chronic pain has shifted to tougher regulation in recent months, according to pharmacists.
Many pharmacies have had to make painful decisions about which patients to service and which ones to turn away. In Melbourne, FL, for example, Mark Hobbs, BSPharm, President of Hobbs Pharmacy, said that while he has been able to service his current pain medication population, which includes a substantial number of hospice care patients, he has had to stop taking on any new chronic pain patients because of wholesaler supply restrictions.
“I realize,” he added, “that there are bad seeds out there that are filling prescriptions inappropriay,” said, “but they have hurt those of us that are legitimay taking care of patients.”
When patients are turned away, Hobbs said, “it creates very bad continuity of care.
The prescription limit, a version of which was originally proposed by. I was on 2 prescriptions, one was percocet (NOT OXYCODONE like the.
It establishes liability protection from civil lawsuits for anyone who administers the anti-overdose drug naloxone to someone suspected of overdosing.
So for example, a patient who has wisdom tooth surgery or a sports injury could get only seven days worth of opioids without returning to the doctor for another prescription. There would be a seven-day limit for all prescriptions for minors. There would be exceptions for patients with cancer or chronic pain or for palliative care. One major change for doctors would be a limit on first-time prescriptions for opioid drugs to a seven-day supply.
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Baker called the bill a step in the right direction.
Hydrocodone regulations: FDA wants limits on most prescribed painkillers restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.
News of the FDA decision was applauded by lawmakers from states that have been plagued by prescription drug abuse, many who have been prodding the agency to take action for months.
Sen. Charles Schumer of New York noted that the FDA's own expert panel recommended the reclassification more than nine months ago.
Joe Manchin, in a statement. "Rescheduling hydrocodone from a Schedule III to a Schedule II drug will help prevent these highly addictive drugs from getting into the wrong hands and devastating families and communities.
Refills will no longer be allowed for hydrocodone prescriptions. 181,993 in 2007 to 274,293 in 2011, while oxycodone prescriptions jumped by nearly 90 There are no limits on how much Tramadol can be prescribed now.
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Joseph Catania of the New York Spine and Wellness Center, a pain management practice with offices in North Syracuse and DeWitt. The new restrictions may create problems for some chronic pain patients and their doctors, said Dr.
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Also starting Saturday, Tramadol, a prescription muscle relaxant drug, will become classified as a schedule 4 drug as part of the I STOP law.