The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a final rule that reclassifies hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) such as Vicodin from Schedule III to Schedule II drugs. Effective October 6, 2014, this reclassification will have an impact on dentist’s ability to prescribe HCPs. Dentists that currently hold a Schedule III DEA registration will need to re-register with the DEA for Schedule II authority in order to continue prescribing hydrocodone combination products.
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According to state regulations, Washington dentists are required to complete 21 clock hours of continuing education every year as part of the dental license renewal process. In Washington state, dentists are required to renew their dental license before their birthday. The following are frequently asked questions about continuing education and licensure renewals. Please refer any additional continuing education questions to Mike Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.