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Recent Travel

Tell your doctor about your recent travel to West Africa or contact with a person who was sick with Ebola and your symptoms BEFORE you go to the doctor’s office or emergency room.

Calling before you go to your doctor’s office or emergency room will help the doctor or emergency room care for you and protect other people who may be in the office or emergency room.

Hydrocodone-Combination Drugs Reclassified

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency recently announced that hydrocodone-combination drugs (e.g., Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, and their generic equivalents) are being reclassified as Schedule II Controlled Substances effective October 6, 2014.

Effective October 6, 2014, there will be new requirements when filling prescriptions for this class of drugs:

  • Prescribers can no longer write prescriptions that include refills for these drugs. Members will need a NEW prescription for EVERY fill.
  • Prescriptions for these drugs can no longer be accepted via phone or fax.
  • For members who use Catamaran Home Delivery, a written prescription for each fill must be mailed into Catamaran. They currently do not accept prescriptions for Schedule II drugs via ePrescribing. Refills remaining on existing hydrocodone prescriptions written prior to October 6, 2014 will be valid until April 8, 2015. If you do not have refills remaining and require medication, you will need to obtain a new prescription for these drugs from your doctor.

For more information, please contact your Memorial Hermann Medical Group provider. We are committed to caring for your health.