DEA-HandcuffsOn 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

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

Just when you thought it was safe to have a robust order monitoring program to detect and report suspicious orders, DEA has moved the goal post.  In previous posts (here and here), we’ve talked about DEA’s “extra-regulatory” guidance on both suspicious orders and “due diligence”.  In late February-early March, the DEA held a

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

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

DEA’s position on oxycodone is clear — more or less. In DEA’s letter to FDA supporting a petition to restrict the approved labeled use of oxycodone to “severe pain,” DEA said that “abuse of prescription opioids have increased markedly over the past decade.”  In the letter DEA also expressed support for the legitimate and beneficial