Preventing Diversion in Physicians' Offices and Clinics
May 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 5 - Page #2

Many health care systems own outpatient facilities in addition to hospitals and other inpatient settings. Managing diversion prevention and compliance with DEA regulations in hospital-owned outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, and ambulatory care settings can be a challenging task for the hospital-based pharmacist. However, as the medication experts, the pharmacy department must take ownership of managing medications used in these environments.

It is important that pharmacy be cognizant of the more commonly encountered challenges in those settings. Please note that the regulatory concerns addressed herein are based on federal requirements; nonetheless, some states have additional requirements, making familiarity with local regulations equally important.


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