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Hydrocodone Prescription Changes

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On October 6, 2014, the DEA will reclassify all hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II controlled substances.

By Indianapolis VAMC Pharmacy and Office of Communications
Friday, October 3, 2014

On October 6, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will reclassify all hydrocodone combination products (e.g. Vicodin, Norco, Tussinex, etc.) from Schedule III to Schedule II controlled substances due to concerns about the high risks of abuse, addiction and potentially fatal overdoses.

Starting today at your Indianapolis VA Medical Center, all hydrocodone prescriptions will be limited to a maximum 30-day supply with no refills. A new prescription is required every time you need more medication.

What you need to do:

  • Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about your prescription;
  • Submit your refill request at least 10 - 14 days prior to the time you need it;
  • Keep your medicine stored in a safe, secure place.

You can request your prescription fill on MyHealtheVet ( ) using the Secure Message method. If you need to sign up for MyHealtheVet, please visit the MyHealtheVet Office at the medical center, located in room C-1183.  You may also sign up at the primary care clinic.

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