DEA Practitioners Manual - Part 2: Disposal of Controlled Substances

DEA Practitioners Manual: Disposal of Controlled Substances Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rules for the disposal of controlled substances by registered practitioners in the United States. These regulations are crucial for ensuring safe and compliant handling of these substances. Let's break it down: Key Points on Disposal Procedures: Reverse Distributors: Registered practitioners can transfer unwanted controlled substances to a reverse distributor, who is authorized to receive them for destruction or return to the manufacturer. Record Keeping: For Schedule II substances, the reverse distributor must issue an official DEA Form 222. For Schedule III-V substances, the practitioner needs to maintain a record...

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DEA Practitioner's Manual - Part 1: Detailed Guidelines on Certificate of Registration and Other Requirements

DEA Practitioner's Manual: Detailed Guidelines on Certificate of Registration and Other Requirements Who Needs to Register? If you're a practitioner involved in administering, prescribing, or dispensing controlled substances classified in Schedules II through V, registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is mandatory. Additionally, a state license is a prerequisite for DEA registration. Registration Process To initiate registration, complete DEA Form 224. For renewals, use Form 224a. Both the application and renewal fees are outlined on the respective forms. Importantly, as of April 11, 2022, only online submissions are accepted for both initial registration and renewals. Multiple Locations Requirement Practitioners...

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Manual or Automatic? The Ongoing Debate in Sterilization Technology

Written by Deanna Otts-Whitfield, RDH, BSDH, MSHQS, CDIPC  Manual sterilizers have been in production for over 100 years. The first autoclave was created by Charles Chamberland, a French microbiologist, in 1879. Soon after, disinfection and sterilization practices were introduced in medical and scientific settings. Temperature and pressure were difficult to measure initially, but as technology developed, mechanisms established monitoring controls.  Sterilization is the process that eradicates all forms of biological life. When referring to bacteria and viruses, destroying microorganisms is extremely important to the health and safety of the public. Certain conditions must occur to achieve sterilization, and data monitoring...

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Dental Sterilizers Showdown: Manual vs. Automatic

Written by Deanna Otts-Whitfield, RDH, BSDH, MSHQS, CDIPC Sterilizers are an integral piece of a dental practice. Different machines have different qualities and features that may help or inhibit efficiencies of the sterilization process. Capacity, automatic versus manual, price, and ease of use are aspects to consider when purchasing a sterilizer.     What do you need? Sterilizers vary in size and function. Choosing the right one(s) for your office helps improve efficient sterilization processes and increases productivity. Consider the size of your space, schedule, and staff. Is one tabletop sterilizer adequate for your practice? You may need two different types...

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Chemical Indicators for Steam Sterlilization

Sterilizer monitoring happens in various forms. Whether mechanical, chemical, or biological, monitoring should be done every time a sterilization process is performed.   Mechanical monitoring consists of visually checking the sterilizer's gauges, computer displays, or printouts. While observing this information does not guarantee that sterilization has occurred, it is the first step in determining a problem with the process. Mechanical indicators should be recorded each time the sterilizer runs. Need a Sterilizer Monitoring Log? You can find our Sterilizer Monitoring Logbook here. Chemical indicators use heat-sensitive chemicals that change colors when exposed to high temperatures or a specific time. The CDC states...

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