Today it was announced the Vicodin would be reformulating in response to the changes the FDA
mandated requested with regards to acetaminophen contents in tablets. It came as no surprise to me however that they elected to use an APAP dose that is unique ( 300mg) and in doing so, will require pharmacists who receive a prescription for Vicodin ( and please note, it is spelled Vicodin…not Vicodan) to dispense the branded product. I am sure this will cause much angst to PBM’s all over the place who will have to shell out more cash for the billions of rx’s yearly written “vicodin”. I am also quite sure that new Vicodin X/300mg will be phenomenally expensive to BUY but phenomenally cheap to MAKE, hence a potential cash cow for Abbott.
Trust me, I have no sympathy for PBM’s anywhere, but since everything is all about the money to them, anytime they have to pay MORE for something, they will surely pay LESS on something else or cut benefits to their subscribers, or say its not covered at all.
Therefore, I say REVOLT. If you get a script written for “vicodin-5″ after whatever day the official changeover will be, ask the MD to change it to 5/325mg generic. Readily available and cheap for all concerned.
And, doctors, write your scripts with the strength spelled out 5/325, 7.5/325 or 10/325. You will be doing your patients pocketbook a huge favor!
Id be happy if Abbot never sold one single bottle of the stuff.