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New FDA restrictions on painkiller distribution

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On Thursday October, 24th the Food and Drug Administration announced their intention to restrict doctors’ ability to prescribe narcotic painkillers.

Painkillers containing a combination of narcotic and over-the-counter medication will be the most closely regulated. This combination class of painkillers, that typically contain both hydrocodone and acetaminophen, was classified to be much stronger than OxyContin painkillers.

In recent U.S. reports, nearly 75% of drug overdose deaths were caused by  narcotic painkillers containing hydrocodone. The tighter restrictions will require patients going to the pharmacy to have their prescription instead of a call from their doctor in order to get their refill.

Sometimes patients develop addictions to their prescription medicine due to the negligence of a medical professional. If you have received negligent medical care in the Madison area, contact the attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874 to inquire about your legal options.