Hydrocodone Update

As an update to the re-classification of Hydrocodone combination products to Schedule II from Schedule III, the DEA has indicated that they will allow up to 5 refills for reclassified products (any drugs that move from Schedule III to I) which meet both of the following criteria:

  1. Date written on the prescription is prior to October 6, 2014
  2. Date filled is prior to April 8, 2015

This is an update from the previous guidance as the refill issue was a concern.

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/08/22/2014-19922/schedules-of-controlled-substances-rescheduling-of-hydrocodone-combination-products-from-schedule

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2014/fr0822.htm

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