On Monday new federal rules moved prescription drug medication containing hydrocodone into a stricter drug class. The most abused pain killers that include hydrocodone include Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco. These drugs account for more prescriptions than any other drug, with more than 130 million filled each year.
Some of the rules that are now in place will make it more difficult to get these drugs. The rules include:
– No refills on prescriptions are allowed.
– Prescriptions for hydrocodone combination pain killers can be filled for only a 30 day supply at a time.
– Each prescription must be handwritten by a doctor, not called-in or faxed to the pharmacy.
– Only doctor written prescriptions will be filled.
“For some patients who are legitimately using hydrocodone products for pain, this will be more challenging for them,” said Amy Tiemeier, associate professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. “For physicians, the hassle will make them think twice about whether it’s really necessary to prescribe this drug or maybe they should prescribe something else that has less addiction potential.”
Prior to the implementation of these new dispensing rules, hydrocodone combination drugs could be prescribed for 30 days with up to 5 refills. The motivation of (the new rule) is that every time the hydrocodone is dispensed, the doctor is supposed to make a conscious review of the patient’s need and a decide whether to write a new prescription.
Hydrocodone is usually combined with at least one or more active ingredients and then sold because it is not legal to sell it in its pure form. Its usage as a recreational drug increased significantly in the recent past and now the new rules will make it harder to get. While it is illegal to sell hydrocodone drugs without a prescription, a number of online Hydrocodone stores have emerged that sell the drug without asking for a prescription. Knowing that its usage is highly controlled and there are severe consequences of its sale unless under the given regulations, the operations of many such online companies are illegal in their nature. Hydrocodone has been declared a Class A drug, which means that possession of it without a prescription would be dealt with in the most serious manner possible.
Buying Hydrocodone Online
Aware of the great demand for the Hydrocodone, there are several pharmacies operating online which look to sell the product without prescription. While this may sound great to all those who are looking to get Hydrocodone without a prescription, there are several major issues with it. It is important to know that purchasing this drug without a prescription is considered to be illegal, as set out by the regulations under the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). However, to deal with this problem, there are several online consultancy services which after filling out a small questionnaire generate a prescription which is being accepted at pharmacies across the country.
Prescriptions Obtained Online – Not Legal
It is important to note that these prescriptions are illegal and the pharmacies which are designated to hold the stock of Hydrocodone are strictly instructed not to sell the drug to anyone who presents an online generated prescription. The business of having illegal pharmacies and the sale of Hydrocodone at them has become a matter of serious concern which has been a major contributing factor to the increasing levels of addiction in the country. While the authorities are taking all the necessary steps to ensure its proper usage, consumers should also be careful in purchasing the product, especially the online business of Hydrocodone.
Title 21 United States Code (USC) Controlled Substances Act
(e) Controlled substances dispensed by means of the Internet
(1) No controlled substance that is a prescription drug as determined under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act [21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.] may be delivered, distributed, or dispensed by means of the Internet without a valid prescription.
(2) As used in this subsection: (A) The term “valid prescription” means a prescription that is issued for a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice by— (i) a practitioner who has conducted at least 1 in-person medical evaluation of the patient; or (ii) a covering practitioner.
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Ref. US Department of Justice