What is a C2 drug?

In the United States, certain medications, chemicals, and drugs are regulated by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. A C2 drug (also known as a C-II drug or Schedule II substance) is one of the categories of drugs created by this law. These medications are thought to have a high potential for abuse, but they have medical benefits. They are allowed for medical use with strict restrictions. Abuse of these drugs can create psychological or physical dependence, so the government keeps a close eye on them to ensure they are used correctly for medical needs only. Common C2 drugs include morphine, opium, amobarbital, hydrocodone, and many others. Some generic names for these drugs include the following:

  • Amphetamine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydromorphone
  • Meperidine
  • Methadone
  • Methamphetamine
  • Methylphenidate
  • Oxycodone

What is a PBM?

A PBM is a pharmacy benefit manager. This is generally a company that manages the prescription drug (pharmacy) part of your employer's (or other sponsor's) healthcare benefits. The PBM controls the administrative costs of the program, making sure that the right medications are prescribed for the right conditions.

When my doctor prescribes a medication for me, what should I ask him or her?

Make sure you ask your doctor all of the following when he or she prescribes a new medication for you:

  • What is this drug called, and how strong is it?
  • What is it meant to treat?
  • At what time of the day do I need to take it, and how do I do so?
  • What are the signs that the medication is working?
  • Will I need blood tests or other monitoring to ensure the medication is working properly?
  • What kind of side effects come with this medication? What should I do if I experience them?
  • How long will I be on this medication?
  • Will this medication badly react with my other medications or any vitamins I am taking?
  • Should I take this medication with food or without it? Are there any foods I should avoid?
  • Approximately how much will this medication cost? Is there a lower-cost alternative?

Why do you need to contact my doctor for refills of maintenance medications?

When your doctor wrote the prescription for a long-term or maintenance medication, he or she determined how many refills would be allowed. Contact is necessary because your doctor wants to be sure that everything is going well. It may be necessary for your doctor to examine you or order laboratory tests to determine the following:

  • The medication is working properly and is actually helping you.
  • The medication isn't causing life-threatening, severe, or unexpected side effects.
  • You are taking your medication in the correct way.

What's the difference between a cubic centimeter (cc) and milliliter (mL)?

These are the same measurement; there is no difference in volume. The primary difference is that milliliters are used for fluid amounts while cubic centimeters are used for solids. No matter what is being measured, 1 cc always equals 1 mL.

If I have a prescription on file at another pharmacy, can I refill it at Medical Arts Drug Company?

Transferring a prescription from another pharmacy to Medical Arts Drug Company is easy. In fact, we handle most of the work. Provide the name of the medication along with the name and phone number of the transferring pharmacy. We will contact the pharmacy where your prescription is currently on file to get the information needed to fill your prescription. If the prescription has no remaining refills, we will contact the prescribing physician.