In compliance with FDA recommendations to limit the amount of acetaminophen in prescription drugs to no more than 325mg per dose, the makers of Vicodin announced that they will be reformulating all 3 strengths of their product.
The new Vicodin formulations will be as follows:
• VICODIN® (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, USP) 5 mg/300 mg
• VICODIN ES® (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, USP) 7.5 mg/300 mg
• VICODIN HP® (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, USP) 10 mg/300 mg
To help clarify these changes, Abbott has resurrected their Vicodin website.
| These changes to their formulation are due to arrive during the 3rd quarter of 2012.PROBLEM: Once Vicodin has been reformulated, and IF an equivalent generic has not been made, an issue will arise every time a new prescription for “Vicodin” is written. Which Vicodin? The “new” vicodin with just 300mg of Acetaminophen? Or the “old” Vicodin (which would presumably be filled with the traditional generic version) containing 500mg of acetaminophen. Should be interesting to watch this play out.For a review of the available strengths of Vicodin, check out THIS ARTICLE.