Sample Patient Letter

Dear Mr. XXX,

On August 22nd 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced stricter regulations and controls for Hydrocodone-Containing Products (HCP). Examples of hydrocodone-containing products are Norco, Vicodin, Lortab, Hycodan, Tussionex and several generics. These new laws will take effect on October 6th 2014 and means that all prescriptions for Hydrocodone-Containing Products will have to be written on State-specific serial-numbered (physician-specific) prescription pads.

How does this affect you?

  • If you no longer require hydrocodone-containing products, please ignore this letter.
  • If you currently have a valid prescription with refills for a HCP written before October 6th 2014, you will still be able to fill this prescription up until 6 months from the date on the prescription.
  • Patients’ requiring prescriptions for HCP from October 6th 2014 will have to contact their physicians’ offices for new prescriptions written on the approved state-issued serial-numbered pads.
  • Under normal circumstances prescriptions for the reclassified HCP cannot longer be called in (verbal) or faxed to the pharmacy by the physician’s office.
  • Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can no longer write prescriptions for the reclassified HCP.
  • Starting from October 6th 2014, new prescriptions for HCP will be valid for only specific period of time as determined by individual state laws.
  • The refilling of a prescription for a controlled substance listed in schedule II is prohibited by law.

Do not hesitate to contact me at ____ (insert your telephone number) should you have questions or would like more information about this matter.

Sincerely,

Joe Blog,

Pharmacist-In-Charge

XXYYZZ Pharmacy

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