Notice: hydrocodone will be more difficult to refill!

You may not take the popular pain medicine hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco).   But, if you do… refills are going to be more difficult starting today.  The Drug Enforcement Administration is changing hydrocodone to a stricter drug class. 

Why?  The DEA cites 7 million Americans who abuse prescription drugs and 100,000 deaths from overdoses in the past 10 years. 

What are the changes?  Hydrocodone pain medicine will only be given by pharmacies in 30-day supplies.  No refills will be allowed on a prescription.  Each prescription must be handwritten by a doctor (no faxing or phoning in a prescription).  Only physicians can write for hydrocodone (no midlevel providers like physician assistants or nurse practitioners).

The intent of this new rule is for the physician to make a conscious review of the case monthly and consider if this medication should be refilled.  I think this is a good rule.  Let’s see how it plays out…

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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