Concerned about the diversion of controlled substances in nursing homes, hospice care organizations and long-term-care facilities, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration no longer is allowing pharmacies to dispense schedule II drugs based on chart orders.
The DEA has taken actions against long-term-care pharmacies in Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin for violating the Controlled Substances Act. The agency says the federal law requires that, except in emergencies, doctors provide written orders directly to pharmacists. Following an emergency, a written order authorizing the prescription is required within seven days. Pharmacists who fill schedule II orders without a written prescription could face fines or criminal prosecution from the DEA.
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