Hydrocodone Combination Products Move to Controlled Substance Schedule II

Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II, effective October 6, 2014. While each state may have different rules regarding this, the AMA recommends that prescribers should be prepared to provide new hard copy or electronic prescriptions for patients beginning on October 6, 2014 rather than have patients use what would have been existing refills.

Read the AMA’s list of guidelines for this change.


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