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DEA Reclassifies Hydrocodone Combination Products As Schedule II Drugs

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The Drug Enforcement Agency released a new rule reclassifying hydrocodone combination products as Schedule II drugs. Previously, only pure hydrocodone drugs were considered Schedule II, while hydrocodone combination products were classified as Schedule III because it was believed that mixing hydrocodone with non-narcotic painkillers such as acetaminophen would reduce their potential for abuse. The policy change will take effect in 45 days, and will place stricter rules on how doctors can prescribe hydrocodone combination products. 

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