Quick Read: FDA Panel Recommends Limits On Vicodin

Drugs containing hydrocodone are at the center of an emotional debate that pits the needs of pain patients against efforts to fight widespread abuse of these and other opioid painkillers.

A key federal panel Friday recommended placing new restrictions on Vicodin and similar prescription painkillers. At the conclusion of an emotional two-day hearing, the Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted 19-10 to recommend the agency change how drugs that contain the opioid hydrocodone are classified as controlled substances.

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