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Your medication refills are very important to your health. Try to foresee the need for refills at least several days prior to running out of your medication. Call your pharmacy several days in advance to request a refill of your medication. The pharmacy then will fax or telephone our office with a request and all the information that is needed to proceed. Prescriptions can be approved only during our normal office hours. Please allow us 24-48 hours to process your refill request. Should the medication refill be denied, you will be instructed to contact our office. An appointment may need to be scheduled.
Hydrocodone Prescription Changes
Notice to all patients who presently take or seek a prescription of hydrocodone, Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, Tussionex or any hydrocodone type product
Effective Monday, October 6th, 2014, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reclassified ALL medications that contain hydrocodone. This is now a Schedule II prescription that is written on an official prescription form issued only to physicians.
Our nurse practitioners, by law, are not authorized to write for Schedule II drugs. These prescriptions can only come from our physicians.
We will no longer be able to refill these medications nor call the pharmacy and order over the telephone.
Most pharmacies will not transfer hydrocodone from one pharmacy to another.
You will have to be seen, by the physician, for refills or initial prescription for any medications containing hydrocodone.
This move, made by the DEA, was to help curb the abuse of hydrocodone-containing medications. The Council on Science and Public Health’s review of the policy regarding hydrocodone classification and management noted that while recognizing the public health problems caused by the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription narcotics that result in death and addiction, hydrocodone is associated with MORE drug abuse and diversion than any other licit or illicit opioid.
Therefore, starting October 6, 2014, any hydrocodone-containing prescription will HAVE to come from a physician. If your appointment, which may be scheduled with a nurse practitioner, is for refilling this type of medication, and you did not disclose this to our schedulers or medical assistants once you were taken back, your appointment will be reschedule with a physician. All refills will require an appointment with our physician, per the new law.