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Prescription Drugs: More DEA Information about Registrants' Controlled Substances Roles Could Improve Their Understanding and Help Ensure Access

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Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Diversion Control
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In order to strengthen DEA's communication with and guidance for registrants and associations representing registrants, as well as supporting the Office of Diversion Control's mission of preventing diversion while ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted supply of controlled substances for legitimate medical needs, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Diversion Control should solicit input from distributors, or associations representing distributors, and develop additional guidance for distributors regarding their roles and responsibilities for suspicious orders monitoring and reporting.

In September 2019, DEA told us that the agency had refocused its efforts on revising draft regulations in line with the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. On November 2, 2020, DEA published a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled Suspicious Orders of Controlled Substances. DEA reports that the proposed rule (1) codifies existing legal obligations related to due diligence and suspicious order monitoring and reporting; and (2) provides additional guidance regarding the nature and timing of the reporting requirement. DEA reported in May 2021 that the comment period for the proposed rule

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