PHARMACISTS APPLAUD DEA'S SCHEDULE II MULTIPLE Rx PLAN

JANUARY 01, 2007

Plans by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to allow the issuance of multiple prescription orders for Schedule II controlled substances at one time with instructions to fill the orders on sequential days drew a thumbs up from organized pharmacy.

The proposed change represents a course reversal of sorts for the DEA, which had taken the position that permitting multiple prescriptions is equivalent to allowing refills—a practice that is clearly prohibited under federal law. Although the new system would permit multiple prescription orders to be prepared on the same day, prescribers would be required to complete a separate prescription order that includes the date the prescription was issued and signed and the effective dates on which each subsequent prescription order can be filled.

The American Pharmacists Association said the change strikes the "proper balance between providing adequate patient care and maintaining proper controls to prevent diversion and abuse of controlled substances."




SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0
 

In Seniors: Consider CMV Serostatus
When Recommending Flu Vaccine

Older people who have cytomegalovirus seem to have less robust responses to the trivalent influenza vaccine than those who do not have CMV.


 

 

Conference Coverage
News from the year's biggest meetings


Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


 

SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.