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The F-D-A says popular painkillers need to have more restrictions in an attempt to cut down on abuse.

Prescriptions for vicodin and lortab may be harder to fill if the F-D-A's recommendation is enacted. Those pills are prescribed for pain, after surgery or dental work, but they are also commonly abused.

Changing the classification of the drug will mean patients will need a new prescription for pain pills every three months, rather than six. They will also need to bring the prescription to the pharmacy, it can't be called in.

Some doctors are concerned this will make it harder for people with genuine pain issues to get medication they need.

The F-D-A plans to submit the recommendation to the Department of Health and Human Services in December. The final decision comes from the D-E-A.

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