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DEA Complaints - Can't Get Hydrocodone Filled

If you can't, your unable or having difficulty getting your Hydrocodone prescription filled, your not alone.

A family member tried to get Hydrocodone filled at a Walgreens recently and was told that they "don't fit the protocol". What is "don't fit the protocol" supposed to mean anyway? That is a odd excuse to refuse filling a prescription.

They were flabbergasted and upset being told this because they had a legitimate prescription from their doctor.

A senior lady who was in line ahead of us had the same problem... she had a prescription from her doctor and Walgreens would not fill her prescription for Hydrocodone.

Doing some investigating, I found this was due to changes made by the FDA and DEA which went into effect in October 2014.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) changed the classifications of two painkillers that are sometimes prescribed for fibromyalgia: tramadol and hydrocodone. While the tramadol change will have only minimal impact on patients, the new hydrocodone restrictions are much more severe and could be problematic for many patients.

According to the DEA, “The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) places substances with accepted medical uses into one of four schedules, with the substances with the highest potential for harm and abuse being placed in Schedule II, and substances with progressively less potential for harm and abuse being placed in Schedules III through V. (Schedule I is reserved for those controlled substances with no currently accepted medical use and lack of accepted safety for use.) HCPs are drugs that contain both hydrocodone, which by itself is a Schedule II drug, and specified amounts of other substances, such as acetaminophen or aspirin.”

This has been causing major problems for people all over the United States.

I called and talked with an official at the DEA about this matter and he put the blame on Walgreen. He said Walgreen could fill the prescription but are choosing not to because of problems they got themselves into a few years ago. We tried getting the prescription filled at CVS and they kept saying they are out of stock in their warehouse.

I talked with a smaller independent pharmacists and he said hydrocodone has become soo controlled that they could not sell more than 20% Schedule II drugs or they could get shut down for being a "pill mill". He also said he could fill the prescription if we had 4 prescriptions which needed to be filled, but he could not fill just hydrocodone by it's self.

It seems that the DEA has got pharmacies so scared of getting raided and shut down that no one want to carry or dispense hydrocodone any more.

We called our Congressmen and was told they have been getting calls from lots of other people. They told us that the congressman had written a letter to the DEA about this issue.

It is hard to believe that things has gotten to the point where a patient with a valid prescription can't get their prescription filled. But that is now a reality in the United States of American. This is another example of how our government is out of control.

The best way to get this fixed is if everyone who's having a problem getting their prescription filled, call their congressmen and tell them about this issue.

If walgreens refused to fill your prescription, you can write to the President of Walgreen, Mr. Greg Wasson at:

Mr. Gregory Wasson
President of Walgreens
200 Wilmot Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

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