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Old 07-11-2013, 20:51
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Doctor's Rumor: LORTAB to be pulled in 2014

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each month for scripts with no refills (Schedule II restrictions)....and his reporting that the hydrocodone was being withdrawn from the market was his creative, if deceptive way of presenting his new policy to his patients.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.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:29
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Re: Doctor's Rumor: LORTAB to be pulled in 2014

Hi there scar_tissue 68. I had been on vicodin 10/660 also known as hydrocodone/APAP generic name for about a year now. A few days ago I went to my pharmacy in Maryland and my pharmacist informed me that there is a new law that goes into effect stating that you can no longer get a product containing more then 325mg of APAP in one pill and that pharmacies will continue to use the stock on hand but cannot purchase more. My RX was changed to Norco 10/325 which does not give me near the high I was getting but I also may have built up tolerance at this point too.
I would think this rule applies everywhere in the US but I'm not sure about overseas. I am not aware of hydrocodone becoming a schedule II narcotic at all. That's a shame that your PCP is kicking you to the curb because it's not easy these days to find a PM doc who will just pick up where another doc left off so to speak. I know because I work in healthcare and we have PM specialists.
Hope this info is helpful to you and others. Good luck!
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Re: Doctor's Rumor: LORTAB to be pulled in 2014

The FDA is recommending that hydrocodone's classification be moved from Schedule 3 to Schedule 2
beginning in 2014, according to The New York Times. Some doctor's and patient's groups are against the change in scheduling, which could lead to patient hardships, as a change in scheduling will mean a new prescription must be written every 30 days Currently, hydrocodone can be called in by a doctor and a patient may have 5 refills.

A new formulation of extended release hydrocodone, minus the APAP, has been FDA approved for distribution beginning in 2014. Called Zohydroo, the drug will be Schedule 2. Concerns were raised Zohydro could highly abusable, because it contains no APAP as. a deterent. Since 2004 the FDA has
considered moving hydrocodone products to Schedule 2.

OP, Since the. rescheduling of all hydrocodone products are seriously being considered for a scheduling change it's quite possible your PCP doesn't want to dispense Schedule 2 drugs. Time will tell, but since Zohydro will be schedule 2, older hydrocodone products scheduling could very well follow. Older hydrocodone products will not be banned, but due to APAP overdosing being the number one cause of hepatic failue the FDA will only allow the APAP ose to be. 325mg. ALSO, the recommended daily dose of APAP will be reduced from 4gm. to 3gms.

Knowing Big Pharma's tricks I wouldn't be surprised if the drug loses generic status by changing the APAP dose. Once I was prescribed 5 mg of Flexeril. Since 5 mg was new to the market the makers sold it as a drug with a new patent. This was when 10 mg. of Flexeril had been a generic for decades.

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Old 11-11-2013, 23:11
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Re: Doctor's Rumor: LORTAB to be pulled in 2014

Thanks. I agree perscriptionperil. This sounds like my wife's (really my wife, not a pseudonym) doc just doesn't want to deal with Schedule II hassles. The only good news is that a Schedule II can be prescribed for a 90 day supply, which would help the hassle of filling a monthly script.

@ ybanurse247. Thanks for your help. I hope this dust-up is only about APAP.

The Zohydro approval seems suspicious and profitable for the company making the new time release formulation. It will be on patent and far more expensive than most all the other common opiates on the market. From what I've read, Zohydro does not have an abuse blocking mechanism, such as Oxycontin. I'm sure that will change when people start shooting and snorting this new drug.

Anyone else have info on this question?

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