Keep your controlled drug house in order or the DEA might be paying you a visit
As reported by the American Animal Hospital Association, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its 2020 work plan to diversion investigators on October 1. In response to the opioid crisis, the plan outlines increased enforcement and the use of administrative resources that will be dedicated to identifying prescribers – including veterinarians – that are dispensing disproportionately large amounts of controlled drugs. With recent charges against a growing number of veterinarians for noncompliance and failure to prevent diversion, the profession has become a target of the DEA for unannounced inspections, administrative warrants and in some cases, search warrants. The biggest red flag is when there’s a change in controlled substance ordering patterns, which can be due to diversion but could, for example, happen as a result of the current fentanyl shortage. A veterinary hospital places multiple orders of fentanyl from different suppliers and they happen to come in at the same time. The orders are logged in the ARCOS database that tracks the sale and purchase of all pain medications, and soon the veterinary hospital finds itself in the middle of an investigation.
AAHA advises veterinarians to make sure their controlled drug house is in order.
WSVMA and the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians are teaming up to present a two-day continuing education program on OSHA topics and controlled topics with well-known expert Phil Seibert, CVT. Don’t miss this opportunity to ensure your hospital and team are in compliance. For more information, visit the WSVMA website.
Posted October 11, 2019