The U.S. Senate on May 24 unanimously supported a measure to make getting painkillers more difficult. Now, Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., are praising their Senate colleagues for working in a nonpartisan way to get that bill passed.
The amendment, which Manchin sponsored as part of the Food and Drug Administration Safety Act, would reclassify drugs containing hydrocodone as Schedule II substances. Because of the reclassification, patients would need an original prescription for refills, pills would be stored and transported more securely and traffickers would be subject to increased fines and penalties. Hydrocodone is found in drugs such as Vicodin and Lortab.
In addition, Rockefeller introduced a provision to the FDA bill that called for new study tools for health care providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists, to promote safe pain management in an effort to reduce the prescription drug epidemic.
Source: State Journal.com – May 25, 2012