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http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/04/pharmacists_fight_effort_to_in.html

So my state wants to be the first in the US to move Xanax from S4 to S2. Some highly intelligent doctors feel that this is necessary because Xanax is scary-bad-dangerous and people OD on it. Mind you, they don't want to move other benzos, just Xanax. I really don't see any benefit, other than street dealers are going to make a killing, because they're going to import it from neighboring states without the restriction. Those of us with legit prescriptions are just going to be inconvenienced and stigmatized with taking a S2 drug. I want to talk to my pdoc to get his opinion on this, because Xanax happens to be a drug that works extremely well for me, and I don't want to go through the annoying trial-and-error process again. I can see plenty of over-worked pdocs hanging up "NO XANAX" signs in their office because of the hassle it would cause them. This state already has a shortage of pdocs and other mental health professionals, and this is just going to make it harder for them and their patients.

I don't see what the endgame is for this. Who wins?

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That will really suck.  I bet with this they will limit how much a person can take at a time ... like go with the opiod guidelines ... vicodin, oxy, percocet, dilaudid, etc.

Also, it might not be able to be prescribed with refills.  It would be a temporary med like an opiod would be (in most cases).

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6 hours ago, dtac said:

they don't want to move other benzos, just Xanax.

I heard that they were thinking of moving ALL benzos as well as the nonbenzodiazepines (like Ambien, etc.) to CII... as well as Lyrica and tramadol. (Lyrica? REALLY?) I don't have the link to that, I was reading it with a friend of mine and forgot to get him to send me the link.

6 hours ago, dtac said:

I can see plenty of over-worked pdocs hanging up "NO XANAX" signs in their office because of the hassle it would cause them. This state already has a shortage of pdocs and other mental health professionals, and this is just going to make it harder for them and their patients.

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I fear this as well. My pdoc used to prescribe me Xanax 3 times a day as needed.

4 hours ago, melissaw72 said:

I bet with this they will limit how much a person can take at a time ... like go with the opiod guidelines ... vicodin, oxy, percocet, dilaudid, etc.

Also, it might not be able to be prescribed with refills.

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This would suck hard... as I said, my pdoc used to prescribe me Xanax 3 times a day prn, but my friend's gdoc refused to prescribe him his ongoing prescription from his previous doc at first, then gave him 15x 0.5 mg per month after he said he had been on 1 mg. The DEA I'm sure were already breathing down the necks of all prescribers... I mean, there are PAIN MANAGEMENT doctors WHOSE JOB IS TO PRESCRIBE OPIOIDS AND SUCH for people with chronic painful conditions having their licenses revoked because "they're prescribing too many opioids," at least around where I live anyway. It's not fucking fair for the people who legitimately need these meds to not have access to them because of the ones who abuse them and ruin it for the rest of us.

You can count on these meds to be required to be prescribed with no refills if this goes through. I saw my pdoc the other day and meant to ask her take on it and forgot to... I know she trusts me, but I have a feeling the DEA is watching her based on her prescribing habits lately with me (she got me to quit my Adderall and is lowering my benzos amount per month).

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10 hours ago, mikl_pls said:

I heard that they were thinking of moving ALL benzos as well as the nonbenzodiazepines (like Ambien, etc.) to CII... as well as Lyrica and tramadol. (Lyrica? REALLY?) I don't have the link to that, I was reading it with a friend of mine and forgot to get him to send me the link.

I fear this as well. My pdoc used to prescribe me Xanax 3 times a day as needed.

They were proposing that all other benzos, and Ambien be classified CIII, and wanted to reclassify Lyrica to CIV...  http://www.quarles.com/publications/alabama-closer-to-making-alprazolam-a-schedule-ii-drug/

BUT, have no fear folks, at least for now...This proposal has now been BLOCKED as of April 14th:

http://www.quarles.com/publications/alabama-battle-over-alprazolam-is-done-for-now/

Even though I don't take Xanax, I say YAY.!!!!!!!.........:D

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5 minutes ago, CrazyRedhead said:

They were proposing that all other benzos, Lyrica and Ambien be classified CIII, from what I read about it.

But, have no fear folks, at least for now......This proposal has been BLOCKED as of April 14th:

http://www.quarles.com/publications/alabama-battle-over-alprazolam-is-done-for-now/

Even though I don't take Xanax, I say YAY!!!!!!!!...........:D

This wasn't in the state I live in, but it is still great news because all it takes is one state to start something.

Thanks for posting!

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2 hours ago, CrazyRedhead said:

They were proposing that all other benzos, and Ambien be classified CIII, and wanted to reclassify Lyrica to CIV...  http://www.quarles.com/publications/alabama-closer-to-making-alprazolam-a-schedule-ii-drug/

BUT, have no fear folks, at least for now...This proposal has now been BLOCKED as of April 14th:

http://www.quarles.com/publications/alabama-battle-over-alprazolam-is-done-for-now/

Even though I don't take Xanax, I say YAY.!!!!!!!.........:D

This is great news! For once, the state government did something rational... 

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This is somewhat on-topic:

Last time I saw my pdoc we discussed her experience with different insurers, and she mentioned something that I found startling. One of the major insurers in my state started requiring prior authorizations for every benzodiazepine from January onwards. She said that her and the other practitioners in this group practice (which also literally runs the area's psych ward and so collectively has a massive patient caseload) literally could not handle that insane of a volume of additional prior authorizations on top of the number they already have to file routinely and the psych who owns/runs this group practice decided that they would just tell all of the patients on that insurer that they'd have to pay cash for their benzodiazepines as a result.

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14 hours ago, JustNuts said:

This is somewhat on-topic:

Last time I saw my pdoc we discussed her experience with different insurers, and she mentioned something that I found startling. One of the major insurers in my state started requiring prior authorizations for every benzodiazepine from January onwards. She said that her and the other practitioners in this group practice (which also literally runs the area's psych ward and so collectively has a massive patient caseload) literally could not handle that insane of a volume of additional prior authorizations on top of the number they already have to file routinely and the psych who owns/runs this group practice decided that they would just tell all of the patients on that insurer that they'd have to pay cash for their benzodiazepines as a result.

I tried to PM you but couldn't find the message link ... If you don't mind me asking (and please don't answer if not comfortable), what state is this happening in?

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23 hours ago, JustNuts said:

This is somewhat on-topic:

Last time I saw my pdoc we discussed her experience with different insurers, and she mentioned something that I found startling. One of the major insurers in my state started requiring prior authorizations for every benzodiazepine from January onwards. She said that her and the other practitioners in this group practice (which also literally runs the area's psych ward and so collectively has a massive patient caseload) literally could not handle that insane of a volume of additional prior authorizations on top of the number they already have to file routinely and the psych who owns/runs this group practice decided that they would just tell all of the patients on that insurer that they'd have to pay cash for their benzodiazepines as a result.

Don't get me wrong----this whole situation really sucks......But at least generic benzos are pretty cheap (at least in my area they are)......I checked Ativan, Valium, Xanax and Klonopin , and the cash price is very reasonable.

Most folks wouldn't have a huge financial problem with paying cash for benzos.....In fact  generic Klonopin is one of the cheapest meds I I get....Only my Trazodone is cheaper.......But that's not the point, really.

The point of it is, that the insurance company that's doing this is penalizing people just because they take benzos, and that's not right at all.

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Just more fuel to add to my paranoid issues about refilling my prescription for Valium.   Laws by themselves might make some people feel better but if they don't change anything for the better whats the point?

I understand some genius got like 100 different doctors to prescribe him opiates and this was all with the written scripts no auto refills etc.   HAVE A POINT and test the system to see if it has any effect before making everything a giant pain in the ass.

Off topic wouldn't it be great if for every new law 2 old ones had to come off the books?   Wouldn't that improve things in the long run?  Can anyone say they know all the laws in your typical state?   Even CLOSE to knowing all of them?   Its just stupid.

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11 hours ago, melissaw72 said:

I tried to PM you but couldn't find the message link ... If you don't mind me asking (and please don't answer if not comfortable), what state is this happening in?

The message link is missing because the site mods massively overreacted to something extremely minor and decided that completely disabling my ability to send or receive private messages was a rational response.

The state is Illinois.

Interestingly, after some research, I discovered that there are a few other cases across the country of health insurers (including certain state Medicaid plans) requiring blanket PAs for benzos immediately, or blanket PAs for benzos after/if certain criteria (like X number of benzo Rx fills) is met.

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1 hour ago, JustNuts said:

The message link is missing because the site mods massively overreacted to something extremely minor and decided that completely disabling my ability to send or receive private messages was a rational response.

The state is Illinois.

Interestingly, after some research, I discovered that there are a few other cases across the country of health insurers (including certain state Medicaid plans) requiring blanket PAs for benzos immediately, or blanket PAs for benzos after/if certain criteria (like X number of benzo Rx fills) is met.

Thanks for the state.  Fortunately my insurance covers the klonopin and xanax for me.  The health insurances are just getting stricter and stricter all the time.  All the extra PAs is more work on the insurance's end too, so it doesn't really make sense to add more work to something that was fine to begin with.

Sorry about the messaging.  Maybe you can ask staff to let you PM again, and to give you another chance.  IMO people deserve second chances.

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12 hours ago, melissaw72 said:

Thanks for the state.  Fortunately my insurance covers the klonopin and xanax for me.  The health insurances are just getting stricter and stricter all the time.  All the extra PAs is more work on the insurance's end too, so it doesn't really make sense to add more work to something that was fine to begin with.

To me, PAs are like the nuclear option -- no one wins. It's more work for providers, the patient, and the insurance companies. The reality is that providers will just stop writing for those drugs if the volume of PAs gets too high. It's not even a cost-savings principle for the insurance carriers for stuff like benzos, they're already pretty cheap.

The sleep center I am going to right now has a mandatory $20 fee for all PAs. I get that it's extra work for them to deal with the paperwork, but it sucks as a patient to get charged for the insurance companies imposed restrictions. 

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17 hours ago, JustNuts said:

The message link is missing because the site mods massively overreacted to something extremely minor and decided that completely disabling my ability to send or receive private messages was a rational response.

JustNuts, we didn't overreact at all. Let me jog your memory, and enhance the understanding of anyone reading this thread who might have doubts about why you can't PM any more.

You took the novel position that it's ok to commit a crime if no one knows you did it. We called bullshit on obvious bullshit. I strongly recommend you get over it. 

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16 hours ago, melissaw72 said:

Sorry about the messaging.  Maybe you can ask staff to let you PM again, and to give you another chance.  IMO people deserve second chances.

That would seem unlikely, as he makes it clear in his post above that he holds the reason for our decision in contempt, and we therefore have no reason to believe he would not repeat the behavior, which was, in fact, a crime. And unfortunately for him, melissaw, whatever your opinion, you are not a moderator.

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23 hours ago, CrazyRedhead said:

But at least generic benzos are pretty cheap (at least in my area they are)......I checked Ativan, Valium, Xanax and Klonopin , and the cash price is very reasonable.

But Serax I believe is more expensive... bout $50 for 30x 30 mg, which is my benzo of choice... so I'd have to change to something else. My pdoc used to write them 1 po tid prn but now only writes them 1 po qd prn. This would be asinine if it goes through.

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3 hours ago, Cerberus said:

That would seem unlikely, as he makes it clear in his post above that he holds the reason for our decision in contempt, and we therefore have no reason to believe he would not repeat the behavior, which was, in fact, a crime. And unfortunately for him, melissaw, whatever your opinion, you are not a moderator.

What?

Idk what he did, but I was just saying that think people deserved 2nd chances ... NOT him personally, but a GENERAL statement about it.  And I was NOT implying anything either.  Did I say anywhere in that post I wrote that "He" deserved a second chance?  No, I didn't. 

I know I'm not a moderator.  And this post was NOT directed towards you. 

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7 hours ago, dtac said:

The sleep center I am going to right now has a mandatory $20 fee for all PAs. I get that it's extra work for them to deal with the paperwork, but it sucks as a patient to get charged for the insurance companies imposed restrictions. 

Wow does that suck!  I've never heard of that before.  I would be paying a lot of money if it was like that here ... at least 5 of my meds need PAs.

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