hydrocodone

Changes go in effect for filling prescriptions for painkillers

New rule says patients need paper prescription for each refill

Under new Drug Enforcement Agency rules, every time a patient refills a painkiller prescription containing hydrocodone, like Vicodin, they will have to go back to their doctor to get a written prescription.

Pain drug prescription rate called 'shocking'

One lawmaker calls rate "shocking"

Wisconsin residents last year received more than two million prescriptions for hydrocodone with acetaminophen, the generic equivalent of Vicodin, according to data from the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). That's more than double any other prescribed medicine, a figure one leading state lawmaker called "shocking."