Hydrocodone no longer the most prescribed drug in Oklahoma

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Hydrocodone is no longer the most prescribed drug for Oklahoma Medicaid patients. Oklahoman reports that, according to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, hydrocodone, a pain reliever, has held the top spot for more than five years, but has been replaced by an allergy medication. the drop is due to changes in state and federal guidelines that reclassified hydrocodone as a more restrictive drug, making it more cumbersome to prescribe. they want prescriptions. Pharmacist Eric Winegardner, who sits on the state board that analyzes the drugs Medicaid members receive, has been bothered for years by the high rate at which hydrocodone is prescribed. “said Winegardner, a longtime member of the drug use review committee. “It is absurd that the health authorities are fueling this problem and that this is our most prescribed drug for the category of people that we serve, and I’m very happy to see this knocked out of the top spot.” The state has seen the number of prescription drug overdose deaths more than double in the past 12 years, officials say. The number of deaths from hydrocodone and oxycodone has more than quadrupled.” I’m interested to see how this will go in the future. I’m interested in what it will look like in five years. Hopefully we can take it out of the top 10 and just use it for acute pain, rather than chronic pain.” In November, cetirizine hydrochloride, also known as Zyrtec, became the drug most prescribed.

Hydrocodone is no longer the most prescribed drug for Oklahoma Medicaid patients.

Oklahoman reports that according to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, hydrocodone, a pain reliever, has held the top spot for more than five years, but has been replaced by an allergy medication.

Authority officials say the drop is due to changes in state and federal guidelines that reclassified hydrocodone as a more restrictive drug, making it more cumbersome to prescribe.

Oklahoma law prohibits pharmacies from refilling prescription drugs containing hydrocodone, requiring patients to see a doctor each time they want a prescription.

Pharmacist Eric Winegardner, who sits on the state board that analyzes the drugs Medicaid members receive, has been bothered for years by the high rate at which hydrocodone is prescribed.

“I’ve talked about it many times in meetings,” said Winegardner, a longtime member of the drug use review board. “It is absurd that the health authorities are fueling this problem and that it is our most prescribed drug for the category of people we serve, and I am very happy to see this eliminated from the number one spot.

The state has seen the number of prescription drug overdose deaths more than double in the past 12 years, officials say. Deaths from hydrocodone and oxycodone have more than quadrupled.

“I wasn’t really excited about dropping the No. 1 prescription drug because it should never have been there to begin with,” Winegardner said. “I’m interested to see how it will go in the future. I’m interested in what it will look like in five years. Hopefully we can take it out of the top 10 and just use it for acute pain , rather than chronic pain.”

In November, cetirizine hydrochloride, also known as Zyrtec, became the most prescribed medication.

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