All hydrocodone products now schedule II drugs

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The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled all hydrocodone-containing products as schedule II drugs, effective Oct. 6. Previously, hydrocodone combination products had been schedule III drugs.

In veterinary medicine, hydrocodone products are used especially in canine medicine to help control coughing and control pain. The DEA will allow refills that are dispensed before April 8, 2015, for hydrocodone combination products that were prescribed as schedule III drugs before Oct. 6.

Members of the AVMA can learn more about “Veterinary Compliance with the Controlled Substances Act and the DEA” here.