Magazine article Drug Topics

New Kit Helps R.Ph.S Pass Muster with DEA Nitpickers

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Kit Helps R.Ph.S Pass Muster with DEA Nitpickers

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A pharmacist-owned firm has come up with a way for R.Ph.s to confidentially assess their compliance with the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) against the terrifying day when a Drug Enforcement Administration agent shows up. An audit can bring fines of up to $25,000 per violation, even for technical record-keeping miscues.

The CSA Compliance and Counseling Kit is a toolbox for pharmacists who want to systematically review how well they are complying with the time bombs ticking away in DEA regulations. Compiled with the help of pharmacist focus groups, the kit also contains tips on how R.Ph.s can improve their counseling of patients taking controlled substances for pain; ways to help patients avoid misuse; tipoffs on recognizing phony Rxs; and an up-to-date contact list of DEA diversion field officers.

The kit is the brainchild of The Regulatory Information Center, Herndon, Va., a strategic partnership between pharmacists Ronald Buzzeo of Buzzeo Associates Ltd. …

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