DEA hydrocodone restrictions

Hydrocodone combined medication prescriptions affected by DEA ruling

ADC’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Joseph visited with KXAN’s Erin Cargile to discuss the DEA’s new restrictions on medications combined with hyrdocodone. The new restrictions go into effect beginning on October 6, 2014 and affect how doctors prescribe the medications and how patients may have the medications filled and re-filled. Each initial prescription for these medications along with subsequent refills will require a separate paper prescription that cannot be called-in or faxed to the pharmacy but must be hand-carried. These medications will be more difficult to prescribe by your doctor and more difficult for you to fill.

According to DEA administrator Michele Leonhart, “Almost seven million Americans abuse controlled-substance prescription medications, including opioid painkillers, resulting in more deaths from prescription drug overdoses than auto accidents.” Overdoses and abuse are the two reason cited for the new restrictions.

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What should you do as an ADC patient?

The Austin Diagnostic Clinic recommends that if you will be running out of your current prescription and have no refills remaining on that prescription on or after October 6, you may wish to contact your prescribing physician’s office over the next few weeks for further instructions.

If your present prescription for a “hydrocodone combination product” has remaining refills that will not expire until after Monday, October 6, 2014, you have a special situation.

Whether or not your refills will be honored without the requirement of a new special prescription is dependent on which pharmacy you have been getting those refills from. Some pharmacy chains plan to nullify all of those refills on October 6 and others plan to honor them as the DEA allows. Please contact your pharmacy first and find out if your remaining refills will be honored after that date as they have in the past. If they are not, please contact your prescribing ADC doctor’s office over the next few weeks for further instructions.