Vicodin and Percocet Recall on the Way?
CNN reports that an FDA government advisory panel voted yesterday to recommend eliminating prescription drugs that combine acetaminophen with narcotics -- such as Vicodin and Percocet -- because of their risk for overdose and for severe liver injury.
I'm glad to see the FDA is looking at the safety and efficacy of existing drugs. There is no question that Vicodin and Perocet are misused and overprescribed. My only fear with a recall or withdrawal of these drugs for what I'm guessing is the 5% of people on Perocet or Vicodin that really need the drug. They are in great pain, are not finding relief elsewhere, and the benefits of the drugs far exceed the risk of overdose or liver damage for that patient.