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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

Canadian Government Steps Up Enforcement of Economic Sanctions - Conviction under Special Economic Measures Act for attempted...

For the first time in over 20 years since the enactment of the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA), an Alberta-based company was charged with violating this statute by attempting to export controlled goods valued at $15 to...more

Decriminalization and Legalization of Marijuana

At the start of this year, Colorado was the first state to implement the legal use of recreational marijuana. It is a huge milestone and an ongoing battle to make weed decriminalized and legal in the United States. While 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

Short Wins - Slow News Day Edition & DNA Collection News

Last week, with the Memorial Day holiday, was a slow week for wins in the federal circuits- there's only one short win....more

Short Wins - And More On Jury Nullification

Six new cases from the federal circuits this week. My favorite - a subjective measure, I know - is United States v. Ramirez. Any time a court, even the Ninth Circuit, vacates a drug conspiracy conviction for insufficient...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

Not The Spice Of Life

As new drugs move into mainstream use in Ohio, new laws are written to control or prevent sale and abuse of those drugs. One recent class of drugs prohibited in Ohio is synthetic cannabinoids, known among other names, as...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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