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Important Information About Medications Containing Hydrocodone

Due to a concern for public safety, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reclassified (also known as rescheduled) hydrocodone-containing medications into the category known as schedule II of the Controlled Substance Act. By law, Schedule II prescription medications cannot be FAXed into the pharmacy, and are not allowed to be refilled. 
 
Effective Oct. 6, 2014, Schedule II Hydrocodone prescriptions will be rejected, if they were not issued on the Official CII Prescription or appropriate e-prescribing process as permitted by Texas Statue and Texas Administrative Code.  Members may require new prescriptions for hydrocodone containing products, depending on scenarios below:
 

  Commercial, Marketplace, FirstCare Advantage (HMO) Medicaid/CHIP
RX currently in the system:
  • No refill allowed, will require new prescription
  • No refill allowed, will require new prescription
NEW RX dated before 10/06/2014
  • Refill allowed, but will expire after 6 months from written prescription date
  • No refill allowed, will requre new prescription
NEW RX dated after 10/06/2014
  • No refill allowed, will require new prescription
  • No refill allowed, will require new prescription


If you have questions, please contact your Provider Relations Representative at the number below:
  • Abilene area (1-325-670-3525)
  • Amarillo area (1-800-239-5650)
  • Lubbock area (1-806-784-4380)
  • All other areas (1-800-431-7737)

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