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DEA Prevails Over Masters Pharmaceutical, Inc.

On June 30, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an order in Masters Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. Drug Enforcement Administration (No. 15-1335). In sum, the Court denied Masters Pharmaceutical, Inc.’s (“Masters”) Petition for Review seeking to overturn the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (“DEA”) revocation of Masters’ DEA registration. This decision has wide-ranging implications … Continue Reading

Oregon Adds Suspicious Order Reporting to Wholesale Distributor Requirements

Recently, the Oregon Board of Pharmacy adopted a new rule for wholesale distributors, requiring that they report suspicious orders to the Board for review. The rule goes into effect on July 1, 2017. The adoption of the new rule followed several recent settlements by wholesale distributors around the country, who are facing severe penalties for … Continue Reading

DEA Decisions: In the Matter of Wesley Pope, M.D.

An Oklahoma doctor wrote 19 Schedule II controlled substance prescriptions for a patient with low back pain over eight months without thoroughly documenting the patient’s history, confronting the patient over aberrant drug tests, or talking to other doctors who were prescribing the patient controlled substances. The Chief Administrative Law Judge felt the doctor should be … Continue Reading

Washington Post Article Highlights Alleged Improper Drug Practices By NFL Teams

The Washington Post reported last week that it obtained sealed court documents describing how National Football League teams have violated federal prescription drug laws regarding the storage, tracking, transportation, and distribution of controlled substances. The documents—prepared by lawyers representing more than 1,800 former professional football players—include testimony and records that implicate all 32 NFL teams … Continue Reading

DEA Reverses Decision to Change Registration Policy

We recently reported that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was changing its longstanding policy of allowing for a grace period for registrants who file an untimely application for renewal. This notice was posted on the homepage of DEA’s Office of Diversion Control’s website. A Revised Announcement Regarding Renewal Applications is now posted on DEA’s website indicating … Continue Reading

DEA Changes Longstanding Registration Policy

DEA recently announced a significant change to its registration renewal process. For several years, DEA’s registration unit has allowed for a grace period for registrants who file an untimely application for renewal.  While DEA’s regulations do not contemplate such a grace period, registrants, especially individual practitioners, were allowed to keep their existing registration number — … Continue Reading

The Continued Evolution of DEA’s Due Diligence Requirements

On May 11, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration filed its brief in Masters Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. Drug Enforcement Administration (Docket No: 15-1335), in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The vast majority of the Government’s brief addresses whether “substantial evidence” (the applicable standard of review) supports Acting Administrator Rosenberg’s decision … Continue Reading

GAO Issues Another Report Involving DEA

On July 27, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled, Prescription Drugs: More DEA Information about Registrants’ Controlled Substances Roles Could Improve Their Understanding and Help Ensure Access.  GAO’s report examined, (1) to what extent registrants interact with DEA about their CSA responsibilities, and registrants’ perspectives on those interactions, (2) how state … Continue Reading

DEA Announces Major Enforcement Action

On May 20, 2015, DEA issued a press release regarding a recent major enforcement action in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Operation Pilluted targeted alleged pill mills that were engaged in the illegal distribution of oxycodone, hydrocodone and Xanax. The operation resulted in the arrest of 280 individuals, including 22 doctors and pharmacists. Executing 21 search … Continue Reading

Legislation Introduced in Senate Seeking to Amend CSA

On February 12, 2015, Senators Hatch and Whitehouse introduced the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015.  This is the companion bill to H.R. 471, sponsored by Representatives Marino, Blackburn, Welch, and Chu that was recently approved by the Subcommittee on Health, Energy and Commerce Committee. At a recent Congressional hearing, Linden … Continue Reading

FedEx Pleads Not Guilty

As expected, FedEx appeared in federal district court and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges brought against the company by the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.  As we have recently discussed, this is an unprecedented action by the government seeking to … Continue Reading

NABP Releases “Red Flags”

At the 110th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (“NABP”) a new educational video entitled “Red Flags” was released by NABP to assist pharmacists in properly exercising their corresponding responsibility and identifying the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion.  The educational video was sponsored by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Cardinal Health, … Continue Reading

Suspicious Order Monitoring – What’s Next?

Come join us at the 2014 HDMA Distribution Management Conference and Technology Expo.  We are excited to share our perspective on the latest developments in suspicious order monitoring and reporting.  As an added bonus, we will also be available for a post-presentation discussion to continue the conversation on this very important topic.  Yet another bonus … Continue Reading

Upcoming Conference: Controlled Substances Forum

If you’re looking for fast-track training, I am co-chairing a conference that you may be interested in: American Conference Institute’s Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Forum on Controlled Substances.  The conference is in DC on January 16-17 and will provide training in core regulatory concepts dealing with DEA-scheduled pharmaceutical products. Additional details below. To view the agenda … Continue Reading

A Pharmacist’s Obligation: Corresponding Responsibility and Red Flags of Diversion

Corresponding responsibility is perhaps one of the most commonly misunderstood and/or (unfortunately) unknown concepts found in DEA’s regulations.  And yet, enforcement actions against pharmacies are most frequently initiated when a pharmacist fails to exercise his/her corresponding responsibility.  I have had countless conversations with practicing pharmacists who are either unfamiliar with the concept of a “corresponding … Continue Reading

DEA and Walgreens Settlement

On June 11, 2013, the DEA announced that Walgreens Corporation agreed to pay $80 million in civil penalties, the largest settlement in DEA history.  This settlement resolves both the DEA’s administrative actions against Walgreens and the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s civil penalty investigation.  In addition to the civil penalty, Walgreens agreed to a two year suspension … Continue Reading

Upcoming DEA Conferences

The DEA has announced an upcoming Manufacturer/Importer/Exporter Conference to be held in June 2013 at the National Harbor, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. “The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum to present federal laws and regulations that affect the pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing, importing, and exporting industry and to discuss practices … Continue Reading

DEA Compliance Programs

Do you see what DEA sees? The Controlled Substances Act and the DEA’s regulations are unambiguous and DEA’s interactions with registrants are predictable, right?  Well, not always.  However, the maze of DEA compliance issues can be made a little less complex by understanding the Agency’s perspective on issues.   In the DEA Chronicles you will find … Continue Reading
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