My letter to the editor of the Boston Globe, Nov. 13, 2013

Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe, Nov. 13, 2013

 

Re: “Painkiller Addiction – The FDA takes action,” editorial, Nov. 9, 2013

 In an editorial yesterday, the Globe applauded the US Food and Drug Administration’s decision recently to restrict access to hydrocodone-containing drugs such as Vicodin.

Why the FDA is wrong on Vicodin

The US Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to restrict access to hydrocodone-containing drugs such as Vicodin may or not may not do anything to reduce the prescription drug abuse problem. But it will almost certainly hurt legitimate pain patients who need the drugs.