(a) No prescription for a controlled substance listed in Schedule III or IV shall be filled or refilled more than six months after the date on which such prescription was issued. No prescription for a controlled substance listed in Schedule III or IV authorized to be refilled may be refilled more than five times......
lifeisonewaytrip Stated "I wonder how many scripts are for 90 days? This will show up as surprise earning for 3rd quarter."
Van responded "Schedule IV drugs 60 days max"
Obviously Van thinks he can make the rules not the DEA, what a baloney.... Section 1306.22 clearly states that New Prescriptions period is limited to 6 MONTHS Maximum and NO Schedule CIV authorized to be refilled may be refilled MORE THAN five times. This implies that the refills can be one of the following options.
1) 30 days (i.e. 5 Refills) - Total of pills for BID = 6 x 60 = 360 pills (standard way)
2) 60 Days (i.e. 2 Refills) - Total of pills for BID = 3 x 120 = 360 pills (usually not used by insurance companies)
3) 90 Days (i.e. 1 Refill) - Total of pills for BID = 2 x 180 = 360 pills (insurance companies reduce the patient copay to 2/3 if this option is used)
In my Case, Belviq is covered by my Insurance, I use 3) and my copay is $50 for 90 days supply instead of 1) where the copay is $25 for 30 day supply.
In general Doctors will write a prescription for 90 days unless they did their homework on Belviq and took the time to Study the trials very carefully in which case, they might feel comfortable writing a 180 day prescription (i.e. 6 months, maximum allowed by the DEA). Doctors do not have to follow the 5% weight loss Label limit in 12 weeks = 84 days if they feel comfortable that there are too many other benefits beyond the 5% weight loss for their patient (especially Endocronologists, which was in my case, my Endo gave me a SIX Months Prescription, I tried to educate my Endo 9 months in advance of 06/07/2013 by bringing copies of the P3 trials, pointing out Table 9 on page 21 and bringing a colored copy of the 2013 AACE Algorithm that Endos religiously follow). All the Doctors have to do, is take the time to study the trials and many of them are too busy to do that unless it is pointed out to them by either their patients or by attending a conference or a seminar.