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The FDA says some of the unapproved drugs are on the market because they were available before the current FDA rules were implemented. FDA officials say others are there simply because manufacturers thought they could get away with it. The FDA believes up to 2% of all marketed drugs have not gone through their approval process.
They are requiring manufacturers that market hydrocodone products to children to stop production and distribution by October 31. Those marketing other hydrocodone products must stop by December 31.
There are seven approved cough suppressants that contain hydrocodone and this ruling does not affect analgesic uses of hydrocodone.