Category: Controlled Substances

Acquisition of Controlled Substances

by: Duane Tinker Controlled substances may be acquired only by an individually registered practitioner. They cannot be combined with those acquired under another registration. When multiple practitioners at one location wish to centralize controlled substances, they are allowed to do so under the concept of a “principal practitioner.” Federal regulations in 21 CFR 1301.22(b) allow [..]

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Hydrocodone Combinations Reclassified as Schedule II

Due to widespread abuse of Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs) such as Lorcet, Lortab, Norco and Vicoprofen the DEA has been on a mission to reclassify all dosage concentrations as schedule II controlled substances. Currently (and prior to this change) straight hydrocodone and dose concentrations greater than 15 mg we already assigned to schedule II, which [..]

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A Tour of e-Prescribe Programs for Dentists

In recent years the federal government has pushed providers to go electronic with their patient records. Heck, they even developed the EHR incentive program to encourage (bribe) qualified providers to go electronic. The day is coming when this will be required for all healthcare providers. Fortunately, this date keeps being pushed back. I frequently hear [..]

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Dentists, There’s A New Drug On The Schedule IV Horizon!

Let's talk drugs! Honestly, it can be hard to keep up with all the innovations in the pharmaceutical industry and frequently it's just easier to rely on either your Dental supply rep or pharmaceutical sales folks to keep you abreast of the "latest and greatest" in your prescribing options. But, let's face it…it's NOT in [..]

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The Toothcop Weighs In On the Tulsa Dentist Story- A Must Read for Every Dentist!

v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} I waited to write about this story for a long time. I didn't want to jump on the hype band wagon. Every dental blogger out there is writing about this story. Then I realized, I have a different take. This is the real story that needs to [..]

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DPS Inspections of Dental Offices for Controlled Substances and Prescription Violations!

  I seldom hear of proactive inspections by government organizations other than the State Health Department for inspections of radiation equipment. However, I recently learned the Texas Department of Public Safety is proactively inspecting dental offices for compliance with state drug rules including the security of drugs and prescription pads, verifying credentials and checking dispensation [..]

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