Reclassification of Hyrdrocodone

We received an important bulletin from IWP Pharmacy regarding the reclassification of hydrocodone combination products from a Schedule III medication to a Schedule II medication effective October 6, 2014.  The change in classification is designed to minimize misuse of the drug.

What if I am Currently Being Prescribed Hydrocodone?

According to the IWP bulletin:

  • All hydrocodone prescriptions will now require a hard copy before they can be filled – phone, fax, verbal or email orders cannot be accepted.
  • Schedule II medications – including hydrocodone prescriptions – do not have refills.
  • All existing refills for hydrocodone prescriptions will be void as of midnight on October 5.

IWP is a national pharmacy service working on behalf of injured individuals.  This is a terrific organization whose mission is to make it easier for injured individuals to get the medications they need.  The company offers fast shipping (often next day), convenient coordination with insurance companies, translation services in more than 140 languages, and help for patients collecting benefits under workers’ compensation claims.

Many clients of Abrams Landau have worked with IWP and all of us here are grateful for their kind and caring assistance, education, and help getting prescriptions to disabled and bedridden clients’ doors, even in cases that have been denied by the workers’ comp insurance companies or third party administrators who do their dirty work.

IWP is a free service and helps to reduce stress and out of pocket expenses after an on-the-job injury.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an on-the-job injury and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).