DEA restricts hydrocodone combination prescriptions

|By:, SA News Editor

The DEA has reclassified hydrocodone combination drugs to stem a rise in their abuse, and will now label them in a category reserved for medical substances with the highest potential for harm.

The move has been resisted by many drug makers and wholesalers, but others like Mallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK) support it and say it will have no significant impact on their business.

Major makers of hydrocodone combination drugs include Actavis (NYSE:ACT), Teva (NYSE:TEVA), AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), Zogenix (NASDAQ:ZGNX), Lannett (NYSE:LCI), and Alkermes (NASDAQ:ALKS).