If the thought of having to dispose of controlled substances makes you cringe, you’re not alone. The good news is that the DEA has announced new regulations, establishing more options for the secure disposal of controlled substances by practitioners and their clients. The final rule, which establishes and discusses the regulatory changes, is effective October 9, 2014.
New disposal options for your clients (“ultimate users” or “end users”) include authorized take-back events, mail-back programs, and collection receptacle locations.
Impacting you (“DEA licensed practitioner” or “registrant”) more directly is that DEA has deleted the existing rule related to registrant disposal, 21 CFR 1307.21, and incorporated similar requirements on proper disposal procedure and security into a new part 1317 on disposal. These changes provide consistent disposal procedures for each registrant category, regardless of geographic location. The new regulations maintain existing disposal practices for registrant inventory and authorize: Prompt on-site destruction; prompt delivery of controlled substances to a reverse distributor; and prompt delivery (for the purposes of return and recall) to the person from whom the controlled substance was obtained, the manufacturer, or a registrant authorized to accept returns on the manufacturer’s behalf.
The AVMA is updating its online information to reflect the regulatory changes made by DEA. Key resources include:
- The AVMA microsite on Waste Disposal by Veterinary Practices: What Goes Where?, a members-only resource that has pages on topics such as Drug and Chemical Disposal and Federal Regulation of Waste Disposal.
- www.avma.org/unwantedmeds, which is accessible by the public and provides readers with general information regarding pharmaceutical disposal and will soon have information for owners specifically on the new regulations pertaining to disposal of unwanted or expired controlled substances.
In addition, the AVMA’s policy on Client Disposal of Controlled Substances is being reviewed by AVMA leadership. If you’d like to have your opinions on this policy heard by AVMA’s leadership, here’s an easy, step by step way to do it.
- Click on the respective policy above or where it appears on the Browse AVMA Policies web page.
- Click on the orange “Comment on this policy” quote bubble.
- Enter your AVMA ID and password. (You can ask for an ID/Password reminder if you don’t remember.)
- Click on the word “COMMENT,” which appears just to the upper right of the policy.
- Enter your comments.
- Click “Save.”
The same process applies to all of the AVMA policies. As an AVMA member, you can use our website to comment on any AVMA policy at any time.