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The owner of West Marin Pharmacy, Zsuzsanna Biran, is concerned that changes to federal regulations of painkillers could burden her customers and threaten her business. A policy shift proposed by the Food and Drug Administration last month for the most common prescription drugs—hydrocodone painkillers like Vicodin—would require more frequent doctor’s visits for prescription refills. Supporters say the changes will help curb a national epidemic of prescription drug overdoses, which now surpass vehicle fatalities. David Briggs

In an effort to limit a disturbing increase in prescription drug abuse, the Food and Drug Administration recommended stricter regulations on the most commonly prescribed painkillers.

The policy shift announced two weeks ago will place heavier controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone–drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents. If the recommendations are approved by the Department of Health and . . .

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