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DEA to Continue Take Back Programs

On September 23, 2014, DEA announced that its ninth Take Back Day would be the agency’s last.  The announcement was made shortly after DEA published the Final Rule implementing the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010.  The regulations promulgated by DEA allow “authorized collectors” the opportunity to receive and securely dispose of prescription … 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

Senate Committee Questions DEA on Quota Process

On May 5, 2015, the United States Senate, Caucus on International Narcotics Control held a hearing exploring the findings and recommendations of a Government Accountability Office investigation into the Drug Enforcement Administration’s management of its quota process.  The hearing, called by Senators Grassley and Feinstein, sought to explore the connection between DEA’s quota process and … Continue Reading

GAO Report Criticizes DEA Quota Process

On March 4, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled, Drug Shortages: Better Management of the Quota Process for Controlled Substances Needed; Coordination between DEA and FDA Should Be Improved.  GAO’s report examined, (1) the trends in such shortages, (2) the effect on patients and providers, (3) DEA’s administration of the quota … Continue Reading

Second Bill Introduced in the Senate to Amend the Controlled Substances Act

As we previously reported, on February 12, 2015, Senators Hatch and Whitehouse introduced the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015.  Also on that date, the Senators introduced legislation that would also amend the Controlled Substances Act, as well as the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  This legislation addresses, among other things, … 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

DEA Announces New Ways for the Public to Dispose of Unused Controlled Substances

Beginning next month, consumers will have an easier time getting rid of unused painkillers and other addictive drugs, which DEA hopes will discourage people from flushing the drugs down the toilet, throwing them in the garage, or leaving them, forgotten, in their medicine cabinets.  The new disposal methods include allowing people to drop off unwanted … Continue Reading

DEA Holds Drug Take-Back Event

On October 26, 2013, DEA will hold its seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at locations throughout the United States.  As we previously discussed, 69% of individuals misusing prescription drugs obtain the drugs from a family member or a friend.  This is a great opportunity to get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs … Continue Reading

Veterans’ Affairs Hearing on VA Prescribing Practices

  Around this time last year I wrote an article for Q&B’s Diversity Blog discussing two disturbing trends regarding members of the Armed Forces and specifically veterans.  The increasing suicide rate and abuse of prescription drugs are unfortunate outcomes of the stress that more than 12 years of persistent war has placed on the military.  … Continue Reading

Changes Ahead: New Rules for Painkillers

FDA Announces New Labeling and Postmarket Studies Requirements for Painkillers On September 10, 2013, the FDA announced its plan to issue new regulations for labeling extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics intended to treat pain.  According to the FDA, the labeling changes “will include important new language to help health care professionals tailor their prescribing decisions … 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
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