Contents tagged with hydrocodone

  • Hydrocodone combinations become Schedule II drugs on Oct. 6

    Tags: hydrocodone, prescription, drug enforcement administration

    posted 9.12.14, updated 10.2.14

    Pharmaceuticals containing hydrocodone will be reclassified from Schedule III to Schedule II as of Oct. 6, 2014. The Drug Enforcement Administration published the final rule making the change in the Federal Register in August. The change is intended to curb abuse of hydrocodone, but it will require some changes in the way physicians and pharmacists handle these prescriptions. After the reclassification:

    • Prescriptions for hydrocodone combinations cannot be faxed or called in to a pharmacy; instead they must be written on the official Schedule II prescription form issued by the Department of Public Safety, or they may be submitted electronically directly to the pharmacy;
    • Hydrocodone prescriptions cannot be refilled; they will require a new prescription for each order; and
    • Physicians will not be able to delegate authority to prescribe hydrocodone combinations to nurse practitioners and physician assistants outside of hospital or hospice settings.