No Refills On Pain Meds Alabama

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craig Says:

My pain doctor just informed me that he can longer offer refills on my norco because of it being classed as a schedule 2 drug norcotic now. That means i must go every month now and pay for an office visit. I know that is true in New York but i am not aware of any changes in Alabama law. As I do not have insurance now that would be a huge added expense to me. It would be a big added expensive even if I did with a $60 copay. Does anyone know of this change in legislation that I cant find?

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CO Susie Says:

Craig, some doctors, as they can't write refills, write 3 additional original prescriptions with them dated for the next three months. They can't be filled until that date arrives. You only have to pay the office visit every three to four months. Check with your pain doctor, he may be able to do that for you. Especially since you don't have insurance, he may be able to work with you, even if writing predated isn't his norm. Or he could write prescriptions and leave them with the receptionist each month for you to pick up, without you actually having an office visit. I don't know of any legislation either, but every time we turn around, we are being told there's this or that new law, that doesn't seem to be written anywhere.

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BL Says:

Norco and the other hydrocodone combination meds will become a Schedule II Oct 6, 2014. Federal Law states that Schedule II meds can't be called in or refilled. You must see your dr at least once every 90 days. Your dr can write you 3 30 days rxs at one office visit, according to Federal Law. Although most drs want you to come in every 30 days.

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CO Susie Says:

BL, who makes the decision to place a medication that wasn't a Schedule II on the list? Are there set guidelines used in determining what is a Schedule II? Hope it isn't just a decision made by DEA, without set medical or chemical guidelines. The testimony by a representative of DEA before Congress lacked substance when justifying why marijuana was placed on the list with H. The Congressman who was doing the questioning, was having trouble believing that marijuana should be treated like H. I missed the end results of the hearing, but I hope that it was that marijuana was moved far from the H category.

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Verwon Says:

This was a change made by the DEA, due to how frequently this medication is abused and the regularly increasing rates of addiction.

This is a narcotic analgesic, so it has the potential to be habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and constipation.

Are there any other questions or concerns?

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CO Susie Says:

Verwon, Does DEA have published guidelines on what criteria they use when placing drugs in categories?

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