My wife has had a script for generic LORTAB (I know oxymoron) 500APAP/7.5 Hydrocodone
2 X per day. She has had this medication for over 5 years. Yesterday, she saw her prescribing doc
(Internal Medicine Specialist) and in general conversation about her health, the doc mentioned that he just received paperwork informing him that LORTAB was being taken off the market in 2014.
I've been digging for info on the internet and all I could find on this subject was the FDA wants Hydrocodone/APAP combination products to be placed in Schedule II....and the time released (no APAP
) Zohydro has been approved by FDA. Nothing about Hydrocodone products being pulled.
My wife's PCP
said she would need to go to Pain Management.
This sounds like her PHP just doesn't want the hassle of all the patients he now has on Hydro, hitting his office each month for scripts with no refills (Schedule II restrictions)....and his reporting that the hydrocodone was being withdrawn from the market was his creative, if deceptive way of presenting his new policy to his patients.
If it is indeed true, could it be that just the Brand LORTAB is being discontinued? I also have suspicion that because hydro/combo pills are the #1 prescribed drug
in the US and generics are very cheap, did an under-the-table profit motive suddenly cause the FDA to approve Zohydro, when it just rejected this same drug only six (6) months ago?
I know this post is a bit disjointed with many questions and accusations flying around. 99% of the hydro in the world is being sold only in the US. So, do any Americans have info on this subject above and beyond the cover stories on the internet? Ideas? Help?
I take 325/5 Hydros for breakthrough while using the Butrans patch 24/7, so this will effect me, too.
Changing the schedule or eliminating this medication will also negatively impact many other legitimate patients in pain who currently manage on Hydrocodone.