Healthcare professionals and pharmacies take note: If you are prescribing or dispensing what appears to be an unusual or disproportionate amount of controlled substances, there’s a good chance the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) could come knocking on your door. The federal government recently announced that for 45 days during February and March it “surged” its…

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced important changes to its registration renewal process. Effective Jan. 1, the DEA will send a single renewal notice to registrants notifying them that their registration is set to expire. The notice will be sent 65 days in advance of the expiration date. However, no additional reminders will be…

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Anyone who prescribes, administers, or dispenses controlled substances must be registered with the DEA. This includes manufacturers as well as doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. The DEA is responsible for keeping track of what controlled substances are ordered and dispensed through its ARCOS database – an automated, drug reporting system that monitors the flow of controlled…

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