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House Approves "Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act"

On April 21, 2015, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 471, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation would clarify the Controlled Substances Act to establish...more

What Oklahoma's amended Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act means for prescribing medical providers

Last Friday, Oklahoma Governor Fallin signed House Bill 1948 into law, amending the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. The new law, which goes into effect on November 1, 2015, enhances access to Oklahoma’s...more

House Approves Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding, Hospital Observation, Controlled Substances, & Trauma Care Bills

Yesterday the House of Representatives approved the following health policy bills: ..H.R. 284, the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015 – which would require Medicare suppliers that bid under a...more

EPA and FDA Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Share Data

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Information Sharing regarding the sharing of data and other confidential...more

Federal Judge in California Weighs Constitutionality of U.S. Marijuana Classification

Last week, a federal judge indicated she was considering nine defendants’ arguments that Congress’ decision to treat marijuana as a Schedule One controlled substance is unconstitutional....more

DEA Rules On Disposal of Controlled Substances - What's Up? - EndNotes February 2015

Questions remain about the U.S. Drug enforcement agency’s rules on secure disposal of controlled substances and exactly how they will be implemented with regard to the disposal of controlled substances by hospice personnel...more

End Notes Newsletter February 2015 - News for North Carolina’s Hospice and Palliative Care Community

In this issue: - Gear Up for Increased CMS Scrutiny of Hospice Services for Assisted Living Facility Residents - Happy New Year from the DC District Court - Companionship Exemption Lives On!! - DEA Rules On...more

The Law is an Ass

The law is an ass, or so says Charles Dickens. After reading the IRS’ latest missive on sales of marijuana, I think I agree. The tension between federal and state law on the sale of marijuana carries over to federal income...more

Ohio Proposes New Telehealth Prescribing Regulations

The Ohio State Medical Board has proposed new telehealth prescribing regulations, which are predicated upon whether the drug is a controlled or not a controlled substance....more

Supreme Court Update: Jennings V. Stephens And Order List

Greetings, Court fans! We're back with breaking news on the certiorari front, along with a summary of one of Wednesday's decisions, Jennings v. Stephens (13-7211), on the application of certain longstanding principles of...more

Navigating the Maze of Medical Cannabis - Uncertainty and the Challenge of Obtaining Banking and Insurance Services for...

The current and two immediate past presidents have smoked it. As one leading expert commented during a congressional hearing, perhaps “marijuana is a gateway drug to the White House?” Medical marijuana is now legal in...more

Guidelines Regarding APRNs Prescribing Hydrocodone

In August, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) published a final rule classifying Hydrocodone combination drugs as Scheduled II controlled substances. Previously, Hydrocodone was listed as a Scheduled III controlled...more

Controlling Controlled Substances: How a Pot Brownie Got Into the Hands of a Child

In a recent Fresno Bee article entitled “Fresno seventh grader busted in sales of pot brownies at school,” we see another unintended consequence of the availability of marijuana. Despite initial permitted possession of...more

DEA Schedules Tramadol As A Schedule IV Controlled Substance

On July 2, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its Final Rule placing tramadol into Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic used in the...more

From Second and State: Session Preview May 5-7, 2014

The House and Senate will be in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5-7. They will then break after Wednesday’s session until after the Primary Election on May 20, returning on June 2. This session week will be the...more

Will Investing In Marijuana Change Things?

In reading the recent NPR article, “The Green Rush Begins: Investors Get In On Pot’s Ground Floor,” one cannot help but wonder if federal policies regarding marijuana, a drug which remains a controlled substance, are...more

Health Law Alert - August 2013: New York’s I-STOP Law Goes into Effect for Practitioners – August 27, 2013

A new law, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) Law (§3343-a of the NYS Public Health Law) enacted one year ago, will go into effect on August 27, 2013, requiring practitioners who prescribe controlled...more

An Identifiable Risk to Collateral Property That Is Used In The Marijuana Business

The legalization under state law of the marijuana business in Colorado through Amendment 20 (medical marijuana) and Amendment 64 (recreational marijuana) (Amendment 20 and Amendment 64 shall be referred to collectively as the...more

2014 Final Call Letter: CMS Raises Medicare Advantage Rates but Foreshadows Other Significant Program Changes

After receiving many comments on its Draft Call Letter, CMS published its Contract Year 2014 Final Call Letter on April 1, 2013. The Final Call Letter addresses a wide variety of issues that will affect all parties involved...more

Disposing Of Pharmaceutical Waste: Some Progress

In 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seemed to be on the road to providing some much-needed clarity to hospitals and other medical facilities concerning the disposal of pharmaceuticals by proposing that...more

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