Tramadol Now Classified as a Controlled Substance
Effective August 18, 2014, the DEA issues schedule changes to Tramadol.
Tramadol, used to treat moderate to severe pain, is now classified as a Schedule IV Controlled Substance and is also subject to restrictions. As a result, Tramadol:
1) may be eligible for up to 5 refills within 6 months from the date the prescription
2) is only allowed to be filled within 30 days from the date it was written
3) is not allowed to be prescribed electronically.
Patients filling their prescription for Tramadol in any strength, formulation or as a combination product containing any amount will now be required to obtain a new prescription even if there are refills remaining on their current prescription. If you have a prescription that was written prior to August 18, 2014 it can still be submitted to be filled only if it is no longer than 30 days old the day you present it to your pharmacist.
If you take this medication and are not sure what you need to do, you can contact your prescriber or pharmacist for additional information. Benecard Member Services is also available to assist you. You can call the number located on the back of your BeneCard PBF ID card.