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How to Survive a DEA Inspection Series: Due Diligences of a Pharmacy
Published by International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

Part Three of a Four-Part Series.

Today’s pharmacy staff, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, will need to familiarize themselves with the stringent laws and regulations enforced by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) through the Office of Diversion Control (Diversion). The focus of any DEA investigation is the legitimacy of a prescription and therefore its targets are the prescriber and the pharmacy that fulfilled the prescription.

The need to comply with a strict Due Diligence Pharmacy Policy is essential for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. It is important to protect the pharmacy from being the target of a DEA investigation by knowing what to look for in order to comply.

Attendees will familiarize themselves with DEA regulations for controlled substances dispensed in a pharmacy setting and the criteria for developing a Due Diligence Policy in order to comply with laws and regulations.

Accreditation Information:
This lesson is a knowledge-based CE activity and is targeted to pharmacists and technicians.

ACPE logo The American College of Apothecaries (ACA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACA has accredited this program for 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit for pharmacists and technicians. ACPE UAN 0201-9999-15-133-H03-P, 0201-9999-15-133-H03-T.

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Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this program, the pharmacist and technician attendee will be able to:

  • Review federal criminal actions that can be imposed on a pharmacist when fraud and diversion of prescriptions for Schedules II through V controlled substances are detected through an investigation.
  • Identify the responsibilities and actions of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) through its Office of Diversion Control (Diversion) personnel to enforce federal laws and DEA regulations on the dispensing of controlled substance by means of a prescription.
  • Discuss the steps that a pharmacist can take to determine the legitimacy of a prescription and when the pharmacist would need to discuss the necessity for the prescription and the individual treatment plan leading to the prescribing of a narcotic as part of a patient’s care.
  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist and responsibilities to develop and enforce a Due Diligence Policy in a pharmacy to prevent fraud or diversion of controlled substances obtained through a prescription.
  • Discuss RED FLAG indicators for prescriptions written by a physician that may not be for a legitimate medical purpose.

Carlos M. Aquino
Compliance Consultant and Founder - PharmaDiversion, LLC
In January 2009, Carlos M. Aquino founded PharmaDiversion, LLC as a compliance consulting firm assisting DEA registrants who handle controlled substances and regulated chemicals, with compliance of federal laws and DEA regulations. This is done through a “Mock” audit and inspection equivalent to an authentic DEA Diversion on-site inspection. PharmaDiversion, LLC also provides in-service training for DEA registered manufacturers, distributors, importers/exporters, hospitals/clinics,...More
Originally Published
August 14, 2012

Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
  1. How to Survive a DEA Inspection Series: Due Diligences of a Pharmacy - Video
  2. How to Survive a DEA Inspection Series: Due Diligences of a Pharmacy - Audio
  3. How to Survive a DEA Inspection Series: Due Diligences of a Pharmacy - Paper

How To Attend
Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like.

Technical Requirements
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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