DEA Update

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has published its final rule that places a more-restrictive classification on hydrocodone combination products, or HCPs. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever.

Effective, October 6th 2014, any and all Hydrocodone containing products will be re-classified to a Schedule-II Narcotic status.

What this means:

  • Prescriptions containing Hydrocodone will no longer be faxed, phoned or emailed to the pharmacies.  Each prescription must be handwritten and given to the patient to bring to the pharmacy.
  • No refills will be allowed.  This will not allow partial filling of a prescription due to the fact that the remainder of the prescription will be considered a “refill”.  The remainder of a partially filled prescription will be voided.
  • Any active refills/prescription written before October 6th, 2014 will be honored until the refills are complete or the prescription has expired. (Scheduled prescriptions expire 6 months from the written date).

Any additional questions can be answered by one of our pharmacists.

Thank you,

Joe's Pharmacy