DEA increases controlled substance registration fee

May 1, 2012

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is increasing the registration fee for health care professionals, including optometrists, who prescribe or dispense controlled substances.

Effective April 16, the DEA’s Controlled Substances and List I Chemical Registration fee has increased to $731.

The registration will continue to be good for three years, according to the agency.

DEA officials acknowledge the fee will increase by about one-third.

The fee has not been increased since 2006, agency officials note.

The fee is used to cover the cost of the DEA’s Diversion Control Program (DCP), which was mandated under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970.

The law requires the DEA to set the fee so as to cover the entire cost of the program.

Under the law, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, health care practitioners, teaching institutions, and mid-level practitioners must register with the DEA every three years in order to prescribe or dispense controlled substances. The DEA considers optometrists mid-level practitioners.

Analytical labs, pharmaceutical compounders and most other types of businesses that handle controlled substances must register with the agency annually.

Publicly owned institutions, law enforcement agencies, the Indian Health Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and military personnel are exempt from the DEA registration fee.

For more information on the use of controlled substances by DEA-classified mid-level practitioners, see the agency’s Mid-Level Practitioner webpage http://tinyurl.com/DEAmid-level.

For additional information on the registration program, see the DEA Diversion Control Program webpage (www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov) and click on “Registration.”

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