DEA Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combination Products from Schedule III to Schedule II

DEA Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combination Products from Schedule III to Schedule II

 

On August 22, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published the Final Rule moving all hydrocodone combination products (HCP) from Schedule III to Schedule II, effective 45 days from issuance. This Final Rule, effective October 6, 2014, imposes the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule II substances on those who handle or propose to handle HCPs.

The National Community Pharmacists Association has developed several resources to inform and assist you with these changes.

These resources are:

 

Special Attention:

The DEA’s rules state they would allow refills up to April 2015 with a pre-existing script. In most states, they can issue a rule that coincides with this. NOTE:  In Missouri, anything relating to prescriptions has to be implemented as a statute set by the legislature. The BNDD can’t change existing statutes with a rule, so, after Oct. 6th no pre-existing hydrocodone refills can be dispensed. Everything will require a new prescription.