Hydrocodone Drugs Moving to Schedule II Oct 6

Prescriptions-2The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a final rule Aug. 22 that changes the controlled substance scheduling of hydrocodone combination products (HCP) from Schedule III to Schedule II. The change is scheduled to take effect Oct. 6.

The new rules include these requirements:

Compliance with the Schedule II requirements for HCP prescriptions means that effective Oct. 6, HCP prescriptions must be written on paper or electronically transmitted. Fax transmission is not allowed. Except for emergency situations that are governed by specific requirements, HCP prescriptions also cannot be called into a pharmacy.