Effect of US Drug Enforcement Administration's rescheduling of hydrocodone combination analgesic products on opioid analgesic prescribing.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Improving the safety associated with opioid use is a major health policy priority. Investigators found that drug scheduling changes imposed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (including tighter prescribing standards and prohibiting refills) led to major reductions in the prescribing and dispensing of hydrocodone combination analgesic products.