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Monday, September 22, 2014

WHAT ABOUT REFILLS OF HYDROCODONE COMBINATION PRESCRIPTIONS?


Our phones continue to be swamped by calls from physicians and office managers concerned about the Oct. 6 switch from Schedule III to Schedule II for hydrocodone combination drugs. One of the most common questions: “If I write a prescription for a hydrocodone combination product on Oct. 5 (while it is still a Schedule III drug) and specify refills, will pharmacies honor those written under the Oct. 5 prescription, or must I rewrite the prescription as a Schedule II drug?” Here’s our answer: Prescriptions for hydrocodone combination products that are issued before Oct. 6 and that have authorized refills may be dispensed in accordance with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration rules until April 8, 2015. Both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas State Board of Pharmacy have indicated to us that refills authorized on prescriptions dispensed prior to Oct. 6 will be honored. For more answers, see the hydrocodone Q&A page on our website.

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