Pharmacies Ill-Prepared For Potential DEA Crackdown

Law360, New York (September 18, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT) -- Many pharmacies' day-to-day operations appear to violate the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's policies on controlled substances, and the pharmacies are risking their DEA registrations if the agency cracks down — a not-implausible scenario as the DEA battles widespread prescription drug abuse.

At issue is whether retail and compounding pharmacies can give controlled substances to doctors, rather than directly to patients. A prime example, pointed to by the industry and supportive lawmakers, is intrathecal pain medications that must be injected directly into a patient's spinal fluid....
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