Analysis

5 Takeaways As DEA Mulls Slashing Opioid Output

Law360 (April 19, 2018, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's plan to examine the extent to which prescription opioids are diverted for illicit purposes when setting limits on manufacturing is a belated but significant step that will compel drugmakers to more rigorously monitor suspicious sales, experts say.

The DEA described its plan on Tuesday in a proposed rule related to limits, or "quotas," on opioid production. There is currently a nationwide quota that establishes maximum production of various opioids, and there are smaller quotas that establish maximum production by specific drugmakers.

The proposed rule's most striking provision would ensure that drug diversion is considered when the...

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