Federal Government Places Tramadol into Schedule IV
July 3, 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration has published a Final Rule in the July 2, 2014 Federal Register, concerning the status of tramadol in all forms as a schedule IV controlled substance effective August 18, 2014.  Upon the effective date of this final rule, any person who handles tramadol is subject to the CSA’s schedule IV regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, importing, exporting, engagement in research, and conduct of instructional activities, of schedule IV controlled substances.

DEA Publishes Proposal to Reschedule Hydrocodone
February 27, 2014

Today the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to move hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as supported by the DEA’s own evaluation of relevant data.