No end in sight for the opioid war

According to the Pharmacists Mutual report, DEA “currently devotes over 50% of its resources on prescription narcotics.” The number of DEA investigations of pharmacies “over the last 5 years has become rampant,” said Dan Buffington, PharmD, MBA, the practice director at Clinical Pharmacology Services in Tampa, FL, and an APhA Trustee-elect. “These are becoming commonplace.” He also is an expert witness in DEA cases involving medical or pharmacy practice and controlled substance issues…

In DEA’s May 29 response to the report before it was published, Joseph T. Rannazzisi, BSPharm, JD, then deputy assistant administrator for DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, wrote, “DEA does not take administrative enforcement action against pharmacies that fill prescriptions in good faith and with sound professional judgment. However, it should be noted that one of the purposes of administrative enforcement actions is to serve as a deterrent to other registrants.” ...

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