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Hydrocodone Update

Effective October 6, 2014 hydrocodone combination products moved from Schedule III (CIII) to Schedule II (CII).

The rescheduling rule was passed in January of this year, giving entities 45 days to comply with the change.  This change affects the way pharmacies order, store, inventory, and dispense hydrocodone combination products. 

Hydrocodone, by itself, has (always) been classified as Schedule II.  It is the products that contain hydrocodone with another drug, known as combination products, moving from CIII to a more restrictive CII.  Hydrocodone combination products are most often indicated for pain control and sometimes as a cough suppressant.  Hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opiate in the United States.  The decision of DEA and FDA to reschedule is based on the widespread illicit use and diversion of these products. 

Member Spotlight

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My Name is Candace Curry

I first became interested in being a tech because I was inspired by my father and his career during a ‘Take Your Child to Work’ event.

My most memorable moment as a tech was during my college externship at Offutt Air force Base.  Every day was exciting and I got to witness a retirement of a man who had been honored over and over for his outstanding duties as an Airmen and for his continuous dedication to their pharmacy.

My work at HMS Federal is important, because we take pride in helping our customers receive fair treatment and services. HMS has a very friendly work environment and there are endless learning and training opportunities.  I feel like I have found my home, HMS is not just a company but we are a family. I am honored to be a part of the pharmacy team at HMS.

I joined AAPT, because I wanted to be a part of something that was important to my field and that I could continue to learn and grow with. AAPT provides services and care for pharmacy technicians that other organizations do not offer. In the past I’ve enrolled in different organizations where I felt I was just another participant.  At AAPT I receive updates, free continued education opportunities, current events and recognition to keep me motivated and eager to excel in the pharmacy field.

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