Tramadol becomes a Controlled Substance on September 1st


Effective September 1, 2014, tramadol and products containing tramadol will be classified as Schedule IV controlled substances in the state of Ohio, pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code 4729-11-03.
In order to ensure compliance with state and federal controlled substance requirements, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy advises that health care professionals adhere to the following requirements:
  • All prescriptions for tramadol and products containing tramadol must be treated as controlled substance prescriptions on and after September 1, 2014. This means they must be signed by the prescriber or issued verbally by the prescriber or the prescriber’s appointed agent.
  • Tramadol must be packaged and stored securely as a controlled substance.
  • Proof-of-use sheets must be maintained and a physical count of tramadol products must be conducted at each change of shift.
In order to ensure compliance with state and federal controlled substance requirements, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy encourages all pharmacists to read and follow the D.E.A. requirements for controlled substances before accepting or prescribing tramadol or any other product containing tramadol.
ICP pharmacy is committed to ensuring your organization’s compliance with state and federal controlled substance requirements. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please call contact ICP at 800-228-8278.

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