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10-28 8:45am Tommy, harder to get pain meds?

Oct 28, 2013|

Tommy talks to Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, about a proposal to reclassify Vicodin

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Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)

I tummy -- your -- WL continuing a conversation about. The FDA and prescription drugs and abuse and is no legal decision is that a medical decision. And is reclassification. Going to hurt people that really needed medication doctor Andrew -- and he joins us right now. To talk about this morning doctor Al -- I'm probably out first often turns a classification it runs. Highest to -- tried to move it from a schedule three -- schedule. Two would restricted more and that right there were nights it's Hollywood it is that the FDA wants to do. And why you think that's necessary. Actually it wasn't really the FDA that wanted to do this the original request. To. The correct the mistake in the controlled substances act which had drug cycles like it and in the wrong category. Scheduled to -- is a category to deter drug that have below potential for abuse. And practical combination product like like to have a high potential for these are very expected to supposed to be in the schedule to. Category and it was really over ten years ago but that the state was noticed and our quest went and to correct that mistake. The DEA agreed that it needed to be corrected and then try to -- an FDA it'll firm. 89 years on that's -- -- was blocking. It wasn't until that's being was forced a hold of scientific meeting where it was voted on. And that was. In January and that the and the -- days this kind gesture voted on this. Agreed that the drug was in the wrong category that but it was it is just as addicted to the pocket that. And it needed to be scheduled to do category. I don't know of this state laws of war of federal laws trump that but it seems here. Now from what I hear and doctors of very hesitant to prescribe any of that at all because they fear losing their license so -- who is this something that needs to be. Did it did regulated through the doctors and counting their prescriptions -- to the patients both then. Yeah the other thing doctor because there times when that I'll ask you this is well. You know we did -- she'll last week that because of the crackdown on prescription pain medication the use of heroin has skyrocketed. So how do you balance all of that out with a reclassification. Well the reclassification. Isn't going to be -- for patients there are patients were on these medicines were using them for chronic pain. -- litigants are actually the lousy for most people with chronic pain but there are people on that. What this change will mean -- that they can't go to lunch. They can't do that think their doctor that don't need to see the doctor more frequently than every six months. Not a computer doctor every three months and editor of highly addictive -- and you've got a problem so painful that you need to be on this Madison I think your doctor every three months that is not a bad things soak. I don't think in anyways respect for patients. You are. Mentioning that doctors that are too reluctant to prescribing medications and there's really very little due to visit there. Right it it doesn't carry but the United States. It's been only about 4% of the world population. Consuming 99% for the world electrical -- supply. We consume more than 80% of the world because they'll supply. These medications are being definitely over prescribes and that's resulting in an epidemic of addiction overdose steps. -- -- that there have been people turning to apparel and people hurting her or are people who become addicted to populate when their car off. From a legitimate supply will go to the black. Market so one of the things that we need to do to prevent epidemic under control. It didn't stop creating -- and that's why it was important to make this change. Like putting critical in the correct category it signals to the medical community that this drug is in fact highly addictive. And needs to be scrapped cautiously. Doctor Andrew Colonia appreciate your time thank you.