Knoxville patients, pharmacists weigh in on proposed restriction

Knoxville patients, pharmacists weigh in on proposed restrictions on hydrocodone

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The Food and Drug Administration has proposed reclassifying several drugs that contain hydrocodone, including Vicodin. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed reclassifying several drugs that contain hydrocodone, including Vicodin.
"It raises a lot of concerns because for those acute cases where a person has a dental procedure and they have an issue overnight, the dentist wouldn't be able to call that in now," Blount Discount Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Phillip LaFoy said. "It raises a lot of concerns because for those acute cases where a person has a dental procedure and they have an issue overnight, the dentist wouldn't be able to call that in now," Blount Discount Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Phillip LaFoy said.
"When you only see the addiction, you're missing all of us who hide in shame because we have to be prescribed medications that we don't even want to take," Jamie Dunn said. "When you only see the addiction, you're missing all of us who hide in shame because we have to be prescribed medications that we don't even want to take," Jamie Dunn said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Food and Drug Administration has proposed reclassifying several drugs that contain hydrocodone, including Vicodin.

The change would limit the number of refills patients can get before they have to follow up with their doctor.

6 News spoke with a chronic pain patient who said she supports some of the new regulations.

"I don't want to have to take this medication but I do want to have a healthy normal life," chronic pain patient Jaime Dunn said.

Dunn has had to take prescription painkillers for 15 years following an accident.

"I used to be a competitive figure skater, and I had a serious back injury that caused me to have an injury that's led to chronic pain," Dunn said. "Basically, my spine was slipping off of itself."

The FDA announced Thursday that it's become increasingly concerned about the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, particularly medications containing hydrocodone.

On the FDA website, the agency wrote in part: "We are announcing the agency's intent to recommend to HHS that hydrocodone combination products should be reclassified to a different and more restrictive schedule. This determination comes after a thorough and careful analysis of extensive scientific literature, review of hundreds of public comments on the issue, and several public meetings, during which we received input from a wide range of stakeholders, including patients, health care providers, outside experts, and other government entities."

The new change would require a prescription brought into the pharmacy every time instead of having a doctor call it in.

"It raises a lot of concerns because for those acute cases where a person has a dental procedure and they have an issue overnight, the dentist wouldn't be able to call that in now," Blount Discount Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Phillip LaFoy said.

Dunn said she's not opposed to the new recommendations, saying that for many patients like herself, she already has to go to the doctor every month anyway. However, she said the current FDA regulations still make it far too challenging for people with a genuine need for the medications to access the prescription drugs.

"When you only see the addiction, you're missing all of us who hide in shame because we have to be prescribed medications that we don't even want to take," Dunn said.

The FDA said it will formerly request changing hydrocodone's classification in early December.

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