Effective October 6, 2014, hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) will be reclassified from a Schedule III to a Schedule II according to the Controlled Substances Act. With more U.S. prescriptions written for hydrocodone plus acetaminophen than any other drug, this change is aimed to minimize the misuse/abuse of the drugs while still ensuring patients have access to the medications needed to mitigate their pain.
The recent ruling by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) came after more than 10 years of formal debate and consideration. The use of illicit drugs, and the non-medical use of prescription drugs, directly led to the death of 38,000 Americans in 2006, nearly as many who died in automobile accidents.
- What does this reclassification mean to you?
- All hydrocodone prescriptions will now require a hard copy before they can be filled - phone, fax, verbal or email orders cannot be accepted.
- Schedule II medications - including hydrocodone prescriptions - do not have refills.
- All existing refills for hydrocodone prescriptions will be void as of midnight on October 5.