Should your practice be concerned about a DEA audit?

There is a lot of scrutiny of the health care system these days, therefore, federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) audits or administrative inspections are not uncommon. The DEA is responsible for monitoring the supply and distribution of pharmaceutical controlled substances in the US. Since their role is so far reaching, should your practice be concerned about a DEA audit?

DEA audits

The DEA has stepped up efforts to reduce the incidences of abuse, which can be traced to substances obtained from a legitimate source. There is growing concern that an increasing number of patients are abusing pharmaceutical controlled substances obtained from their physician, or other health care provider.

DEA Compliance

As a result of this trend, health care providers need to be aware of the regulatory requirements of the DEA. They should endeavor to fulfil state and DEA regulations that govern the administering, prescribing, and dispensing of controlled substances. Health providers that do not adhere to the established patterns, are likely to trigger the suspicion of the DEA.

Should you be concerned about a DEA audit?

If you have been careful to pay attention to relevant statutes, and also maintain correct records in your medical practice, you don’t have to be too concerned about a DEA audit. However, if you are not keeping proper records, and you are unsure if you are acting in accordance with DEA guidelines, you should seek legal assistance to correct any administrative deficiencies.

Whether you believe your practice is compliant or not, the need for qualified, expert legal advice cannot be overemphasized. If you require assistance with meeting DEA regulations or any other legal matter, contact Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles.  Call 310-203-2800 today, or send an email to

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