A Moment of Simple Justice - Snitching Ain't Easy
Health care providers who use telemedicine for remote prescribing of controlled substances should pay close attention to an important case currently pending at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case will decide whether...more
It can be an intimidating experience to be sure… A DEA agent or Diversion Investigator, on an unscheduled visit to your office, confronts you with a KASPER, a KBML complaint or some other state regulatory action and alleges...more
Silk Road was a notorious black market for narcotics that used seemingly untraceable digital currencies (i.e., Bitcoins) to facilitate illegal activities on the “dark web.” Last week, former Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”)...more
The guidance states that drones recently “have emerged as a viable law enforcement tool.” In addition to affirming DOJ’s commitment to civil rights and privacy laws, the guidance imposes rules on who can order drone support...more
A number of recent news articles have discussed the increased activity in the area of technology companies that facilitate the delivery of medical marijuana to patients. For example, according to a recent Forbes Magazine...more
On March 30, the DOJ filed a criminal complaint against two former federal agents on charges of wire fraud and money laundering of digital currency stolen during the investigation of Silk Road. According to the DOJ, both...more
A bipartisan bill working its way through Congress could have a major effect on how the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The Improving Regulatory Transparency for New...more
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
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
This Week: President’s FY2016 Budget Request... FDA Commissioner Hamburg to step down... Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan rejected by legislature.
House Ways and Means Committee Hosts Hearing...more
Pupils, passwords and privacy. A law that went into effect on January1st has the parents of some Illinois school children asking themselves how much of their children’s privacy they’re willing to forgo to keep cyberbullying...more
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
Fake-out stakeout. For several months now, we’ve been covering the increasingly prevalent use of social media by law enforcement agencies conducting criminal investigations. In one such instance, the FBI sent a link to a...more
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
Nov. 3, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- The DEA gets into the business of making fake Facebook profiles of informants and Scott sorts through the damage....more
..Time change. Until now, Twitter has made a clear distinction between people you follow and people you don’t follow: You only saw tweets from those whom you followed. Now, the service, in what it calls a “timeline...more
..Big Brother isn’t just watching. A single mother in upstate New York was surprised to find that she had a Facebook page in her name, complete with photos of her, her son, and her niece. She hadn’t actually set up the page....more
Federation of State Medical Boards Releases Final Interstate Licensure Compact Guidance – The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) released model legislation on September 5, 2014, to guide states in making it easier for...more
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued a Final Rule expanding the facilities that can collect unused prescription drugs to now include retail pharmacies, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers, as...more
On August 22, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a final rule upscheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) from Schedule III to Schedule II.
Many states now permit the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes and the federal government has revised certain enforcement policies related to marijuana-related crimes.
The possession, use,...more
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
The Department of Justice has released a new policy that establishes a “presumption” in favor of recording post-arrest interviews of individuals in the custody of the FBI, DEA, ATF, or U.S. Marshals Service. The policy,...more
California cities that have chosen to ban or limit marijuana dispensaries seem to have found some common tools for ousting those dispensaries continuing to operate illegally. The first city actions seeking to force the...more
On February 27, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposed an up scheduling for hydrocodone combination products under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) from Schedule III to Schedule II.
If the proposed...more
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