Correction: Addictive Painkiller story

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Posted: Aug 22, 2011 2:28 PM
Correction: Addictive Painkiller story

An Aug. 20 article about the drug hydrocodone erroneously stated how many times a prescription can be refilled under federal law. It can be refilled five times after the initial dispensation, not six. The article also should have made clear that federal law says controlled medicines must be kept in a locked cabinet unless the pharmacy disperses them among other containers of pills to discourage thieves, and that state laws may impose additional controls.