State: District of Columbia
Subject Matter: Proposed DEA Changes to Dispensing Controlled Substances in LTC
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, the DEA issued a Federal Register notice entitled â€œDispensing of Controlled Substances to Residents at Long Term Care Facilitiesâ€. The DEA is looking into whether further revisions to existing DEA regulations may make it easier for residents of long term care facilities to receive controlled substances. Any changes would have to adhere to the framework of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). They are asking for information from practitioners, pharmacists, LTC facilities, nurses, residents, and family of residents in LTC Facilities, as well as other State regulatory agencies. The notice provides background and historical information about the controlled substance regulations stemming from the CSA and DEA notes on issues such as the nurse as agent.
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing, entitled â€œDrug Waste and Disposal: When Prescriptions Become Poison.â€ On the panel of witnesses was Joseph Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, for the DEA. Mr. Rannazzisi, who also was on the panel of witnesses during the March 2010 DEA nursing home listening session, was asked by committee chairman Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) why progress on the proposed solution from that listening session was delayed. The proposed solution by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacyâ€™s (NABP) was to have LTC facilities register with the DEA, as hospitals are now registered. Now according to the DEA, the problems LTC facilities are facing is related to obtaining licensing from their state Boards of Pharmacy, which are needed before the DEA can issue registration. According to the DEA, Ohio is â€œleading the wayâ€ and is currently working towards licensing its LTC facilities. When asked for a timeline by Senator Kohl, the DEA said they can move only as quickly as the states. Senator Kohl continued to push and asked if this would still be an issue in six months, The DEA said that â€œOhio is moving forward as quickly as possible.â€ The DEA also said that once Ohio gets their licensing in order they would serve as templates for other states to follow along.
Comments to the DEA are due by August 30, 2010.
To read the Federal Register Notice: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-15757.pdf
To see the hearing, go to: http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=326079&.
Have a wonderful holiday.
Michael J. LeVangie
PROUT â€¢ LEVANGIE
2021 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Firm/Company: Prout LeVangie
Document Date: July 7 2010
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