An amendment that would make it more difficult to abuse prescription drugs is making its way through congress, according to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota.
The amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act would reclassify some of the most abused prescription drugs, making them tougher to obtain. The amendment is now headed for the conference process, and may go to President Obama’s desk later this month. The amendment offered by Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the same as Buchanan’s proposal to reclassify hydrocodone combination drugs from a Schedule III to a Schedule II drug – making them more difficult to prescribe and obtain and thus abuse. The Senate approved the FDA bill 96-1.
“We’re very excited because we feel we’ve got a major breakthrough in working with Senator Manchin. It just makes it a lot tougher. They can no longer call in prescriptions, for example, cannot refill. It makes it more difficult to get access to these pills. As you know, we’re losing seven lives a day in Florida alone.”