Prescriptions for hydrocodone plummet after US tightens prescribing rules

  title={Prescriptions for hydrocodone plummet after US tightens prescribing rules},
  author={Michael McCarthy},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  • M. McCarthy
  • Published 27 January 2016
  • Medicine
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
Prescriptions for combination analgesics containing the opiate hydrocodone have fallen by 22% since the US government imposed tougher prescribing rules in 2014, a study has found.1 Hydrocodone bitartrate, which is often formulated with a non-opioid analgesic such as paracetamol, is one of the most commonly misused prescription opioids in the United States. In October 2014, in response to a growing opioid use epidemic, the US Drug Enforcement Administration tightened prescribing requirements… 
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