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Possible Red Flags Related to Prescribing Controlled Prescription Drugs

As you are probably aware, more and more state boards of dentistry and state legislatures have enacted laws and/or rules requiring things like provider education, patient assessment guidelines, prescribing parameters, big brother is watching programs, and so on. With some exceptions, states have availed (even required) providers to review their prescriber histories and their patients’ controlled substance histories prior to issuing prescriptions for controlled prescription drugs. Whatever the state drug database is called (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), a Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) or something far more unique (CURES in California, OARRS in Ohio)) and whatever your state’s requirements here...

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Do You Still Have Triplicate DEA 222 Forms?

If so, the DEA wants them back. As of October 30, 2021, the Drug Enforcement Administration mandated the use of single sheet DEA 222 Forms for those providers who prescribe schedule 2 controlled substances (meperidine/Demerol, and fentanyl). At this time, triplicate DEA 222 forms are no longer be available or utilized, according to federal law. To order the single sheet forms, DEA registrants are instructed to visit the form request page. They will need the information from their registration certificate in order to login. For DEA registrants who still have unused triplicate DEA Forms 222, the DEA is asking that they be returned...

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Dentists as Drug Dealers?

There’s a rumor going around town. A new drug dealer has moved in. You soon find out… the rumor is about you. You are the new drug dealer in town. How? Let’s find out. It is important that dentists know and understand that issues related to controlled substances can be quite devastating. I will demonstrate. First, a few questions: Are your prescription pads and sedation drugs maintained under lock and key at all times? Who has access to them? If you print prescriptions using your dental software what safeguards do you have to prevent your employees from printing forged prescriptions?...

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The Use of Designated Agents in Your Practice

Ask yourself the following questions. Does anyone other than the dentist ever: Prepare prescriptions for controlled substances for the dentist’s signature? Call or fax prescriptions to a pharmacy? Handle controlled substances for ordering, inventorying, shipping/receiving, and/or preparing for the dentist’s administration to a patient? Look up patient/caregiver drug histories in the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)? Look up the dentist’s prescribing history in the PMP? Transport controlled substances to a satellite office? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, your office should officially authorize the staff members who perform these functions to be in compliance with federal regulations regarding...

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What Do You Do?

I put out a lot of TOP NOTCH compliance content from this blog to the podcast, "Talking with the ToothCop." I know a lot of you benefit from this content, but some of you might not know what we do....cause let's face it, writing blogs and yakking on a podcast, don't pay the bills. So here's a short synopsis of what we do for our clients and how we keep the lights on here at DCS.  1. Who do we work with at Dental Compliance Specialists? We work with dentists young and old. We work with small solo-dentist practices, dental group...

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