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The battle is over! For now. Yesterday, Alabama lawmakers blocked the proposal to move Alprazolam into Schedule II, as well as blocking the other proposed changes described in this series of client updates. See here and here. The pharmacy community in Alabama took an active role in opposing these changes. According to this article from Alabama Live, members of the Alabama Pharmacy Association opposed this change and as noted in our most recent update,…
As an update to our January 9, 2017 blog post, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has continued with its efforts to make Alprazolam a Schedule II drug, along with rescheduling all other benzodiazepines from Schedule IV to Schedule III. The rule change would also reschedule pregabalin from Schedule V to Schedule IV and reschedule zolpidem from Schedule IV to Schedule III. The proposed rule was passed by the State Committee of Public Health…
Possibly in the hopes of catching everyone before they leave for their 4th of July holiday, the DEA published its Final Rule in the Federal Register on July 2nd placing tramadol into Schedule IV effective August 18, 2014.  (Tramadol is a centrally acting opioid analgesic first approved for use in the U.S. in 1995 under the name “Ultram”.  Since then, the FDA has approved for marketing generic, combination and extended release versions.)  The DEA follows…