National Drugs Take Back Day is April 27

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The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has announced its next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday, April 27, 2024, communities across the country can drop off unneeded, unwanted, and old medications at locations in their area. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, especially opioid prescriptions. Most people who […]

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DEA Extends COVID-19 Teleprescribing Flexibilities through December 2024

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on October 6, 2023 issued a temporary rule extending COVID-19 telemedicine flexibilities for prescribing of controlled medications through December 31, 2024, which is the current date for expiration of other telemedicine-related flexibilities. Prior to issuance of this temporary rule those flexibilities would have expired for new patients on November 11, […]

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The DEA Relaxed Online Prescribing Rules During Covid. Now It Wants to Rein Them In.

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Arielle Zionts June 27, 2023 Federal regulators want most patients to see a health care provider in person before receiving prescriptions for potentially addictive medicines through telehealth — something that hasn’t been required in more than three years. During the covid-19 public health emergency, the Drug Enforcement Administration allowed doctors and other health care providers […]

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NEW: DEA Temporarily Extends Flexibilities for Telehealth Prescribing

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Yesterday, May 9, 2023, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a temporary rule that extends telemedicine flexibilities regarding prescription of controlled medications.  The goal of the rule is to ensure a smooth transition for patients and practitioners that have come to rely on the availability […]

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Update on DEA Proposed Rule on Telemedicine Prescribing

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In late February 2023 (see NAHC Report), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) proposed a rule intended to govern the prescribing of controlled substances via telemedicine for application at the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). The proposed rule focuses on prescribing of a controlled substance via telemedicine consultation by a medical practitioner when no in-person […]

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DEA Proposes Rules to Govern Post-PHE Prescribing of Controlled Substances via “Telehealth”

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On Friday, February 24, 2023, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released proposed rules intended to govern the prescribing of controlled substances via telemedicine for application at the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).  The proposed rule — — Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances When the Practitioner and the Patient Have Not Had a […]

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Biden Admin Relaxes Prescribing Requirements for Popular Opioid Use Disorder Drug

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updated guidance that removes some of the prescribing barriers for the drug buprenorphine, a medication that is commonly to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). As providers, especially those in hospice and palliative care, continue to serve increasing numbers of patients with OUDs that are managed on […]

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