New Rule from the Drug Enforcement Agency Concerning All Hydrocodone Combination Products
Effective October 6, 2014, a new federal law was enacted that changes the way hydrocodone containing products (HCP) can be prescribed and dispensed. These medications include Hydrocodone, Norco, Vicodin, Lortab, and Vicodin ES.
All new prescriptions that contain hydrocodone can no longer have refills on the prescription. A new written prescription must be obtained from your doctor each time you need more of these medicines. Fax transmission requests are not allowed. Neither can prescriptions for HCPs be called into a pharmacy. Prescriptions including refills for HCPs must be written with an original prescription signature.
If you live near our Fort Collins office and you require a prescription refill, we will do so within 48 hours of your request. You will need to pick up the prescription at our office, and at that time you will need to present valid identification.
If you are not able to come to our office due to distance or convenience we will create a written refill prescription and mail it the pharmacy of your choice. This will require 5 working days to be obtained by your pharmacy.
Our recommendation for patients who do not live near Fort Collins is that they obtain their refill pain medication directly from their family physician.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience this rule causes, but we have no alternative but to follow the DEA federal rules. If you wish to file a comment or grievance on this regulation please contact your legislator.