IMPORTANT UPDATE: Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combination Products to Schedule II-New Prescriptions May be Required
Effective October 6, 2014, hydrocodone combination products (including Vicodin) will be considered CDS schedule II drugs. Physicians should keep in mind that there are more restrictions on schedule II drugs, when prescribing hydrocodone combination products after October 6, 2014. Physicians may electronically prescribe schedule II CDS in New Jersey. Likewise they may prescribe a 90 day supply of schedule II CDS by issuing three separate 30-day prescriptions, so long as the 90 day supply will not create an undue risk of abuse by the patient. See N.J.A.C. 13:35-7.6(c) for details. While the federal regulation allows refills up until April 8, 2014 and MSNJ recommended that the state allow refills on these newly scheduled drugs until the April 8 deadline, the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs has opted not to permit it. NJ will NOT allow prescriptions written before the October 6, 2014 effective date to be refilled up until April 8, 2015. NJ physicians will have to write new prescriptions for patients with outstanding prescription refills for hydrocodone combination drugs after October 6. Physicians are urged to read the New Jersey Attorney General’s guidance on the rescheduling of hydrocodone combination products, including the exemptions allowed under N.J.A.C. 13:35-7.6.