“The federal government tightened the prescribing for the most common form of painkiller in the country on Thursday, the final step in a policy shift that has been years in the making.
The rule places all hydrocodone combination drugs, which come together with other ingredients like aspirin, in a tougher, more restrictive category, and the changes it requires are sweeping. Such drugs make up nearly all hydrocodone drugs approved for use today. Doctors will no longer be able to call in prescriptions by telephone, and patients will not be allowed to get refills on the same prescription, but will have to return to a health care professional to get a new one. The drug will have to be kept in special vaults in pharmacies. The Drug Enforcement Administration published the rule Thursday; it will take effect in 45 days.”
Source: NYTimes.com – August 21, 2014