Thursday, January 03, 2008

DEA gives thumbs up to a 3 month supply!

Those of you with ADD, if you've been paying the least bit of attention, have noticed that getting prescriptions these past 2 years has been a pain in the neck.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which supervises the distribution of controlled drugs implemented a policy that prohibited physicians from writing more than one month's prescription for schedule II controlled substances--including stimulants like Ritalin and narcotic analgesics such as Percocet--in a single office visit. As a result, the number of last-minute, contentious phone calls between my patients and my office staff rose exponentially as forgetful patients and those frantic with pain tried to get their meds filled at the end of the month.

But now we're back to the 90-day rule. Three prescriptions can be issued at once, each for a month's worth of drugs, two of them labeled 'do not fill until' preset dates in the future.

1 comment:

JeanMac said...

Such a simple solution to save everyone hassle.