The move from Schedule III to Schedule II of highly addictive hydrocodone combination painkillers, such as Vicodin, took effect October 6, 2014.
Doctors, who under schedule III could prescribe a six-month supply as a 30-day prescription with up to five refills, are now limited to prescribing a three-month supply under schedule II.
The rule also mandates that doctors must write the prescriptions in 30-day increments that can only be filled sequentially.
Pain patients using these drugs will have to visit their doctors every three months for a new prescription.
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The Daily Journal of the United States Government