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DEA Guidance 5% Distribution Rule

Apr 17, 2020 Tags:

U. S. Department of Justice
Drug Enforcement Administration

Dear DEA Practitioner:
Following the nationwide public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 31, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has learned that some DEA-registered practitioners (dispensers), such as hospitals, pharmacies, and physicians, need to distribute controlled substances to other dispensers for the purpose of general dispensing to meet increasing demand that has arisen as a result of the public health emergency. To allow this to occur, DEA is hereby issuing a temporary exception to the pertinent regulation.