|Changes to CS Schedule - Feb. 23, 2013|
On Feb. 23, 2013, Tramadol became a controlled substance (Schedule IV) in New York, and Hydrocodone became a Schedule II controlled substance in this state (it was previously a Schedule III controlled substance).
Both changes were enacted as part of the Prescription Drug Reform Act passed by the legislature and signed into law last year. While veterinarians were exempted from many of the new controlled substances prescribing requirements, the controlled substance classification changes for drugs used in both human and veterinary medicine will impact veterinary practices.
If you dispense Tramadol in your practice, you must follow all New York State rules for controlled substances starting on Saturday, Feb. 23. That means:
If you dispense Hydrocodone in your practice, you are already following the regulations for controlled substances. However, after Feb. 23:Hydrocodone must be kept in a secure location as required for Schedule II controlled substances; and records for Hydrocodone must kept with records for Schedule II controlled substances, which must be kept separately from records for Schedule III-IV controlled substances.
If you prescribe Hydrocodone, after Feb. 23: Hydrocodone may only be prescribed by a veterinarian authorized to prescribe Schedule II controlled substances; and no refills may be authorized on any prescription for Hydrocodone.
The NYSVMS will be offering member veterinarians special webinars on the regulations for controlled substance dispensing and prescribing in 2014.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, or their impact on the transportation of these drugs, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to compile all these questions and provide you with answers as soon as we can.
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