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Reader Question: Look to State Guidelines for 90-Day Supplies

Posted on 12. Jun, 2015 by in Coding Challenge

Question: We have patients who have instructions from their employers to get a 90-day drug supply to save the employer and the patient money. My pediatricians want to help our patients in this regard, but we aren’t sure if there are restrictions against giving out more than a 30-day supply of ADHD medications. Can you advise? Subscriber

Answer: Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse and are considered dangerous by the Drug Enforcement Agency, so they have certain restrictions under the law. Certain ADD and ADHD medications fall under the category of Schedule II drugs, including Adderall and Ritalin. The Federal government says in its DEA Diversion Control Program Practitioner’s Manual, “While some states and many insurance carriers limit the quantity of controlled substance dispensed to a 30-day supply, there are no specific federal limits to quantities of drugs dispensed via prescription.”


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