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Attorneys Assisting With DEA Enforcement Actions Involving Prescribing or Dispensing of Controlled Substances

Medical professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants will often prescribe controlled substances, and pharmacies will be responsible for dispensing these drugs to patients. Providers must maintain compliance with the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and they must be registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). If the DEA finds that a provider has violated the CSA, it may take enforcement actions, and the loss of DEA registration can affect a professional's ability to provide medical services or a business's ability to continue operating.

If you are facing enforcement actions by the DEA, the Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC can help you understand your legal options. We are highly experienced in cases involving controlled substances and professional licenses for pharmacies and medical providers. We can help you defend your DEA registration while also addressing other related matters, such as board certification.

Types of DEA Enforcement Actions

The DEA may choose to pursue enforcement actions against a registrant based on information uncovered during an audit or investigation. If the DEA believes that a registrant is not compliant with their requirements under the CSA, or if it finds evidence that a registrant has committed illegal actions such as unlawful dispensing or unlawful prescribing of controlled substances, it may take one or more of the following actions:

  • Suspension or revocation of DEA registration - The DEA may choose to temporarily suspend or permanently revoke a provider's authorization to prescribe or dispense controlled substances. In these cases, an Order to Show Cause will be issued, and a registrant may request an administrative hearing where they can demonstrate why their registration should not be revoked or suspended.
  • Denial of DEA registration or renewal - If the DEA believes that a provider would create a threat to public health and safety if they are allowed to prescribe or dispense controlled substances, it may deny registration to an applicant, or it may choose not to renew a provider's registration.
  • Request to surrender DEA registration - In some cases, the DEA may contact a registrant and inform them that no further actions will be taken if they voluntarily give up their DEA registration. However, this surrender can have a variety of other consequences, including loss of provider status with Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Discipline to medical licenses - The DEA may work in conjunction with state licensing boards, such as medical boards, boards of nursing, or boards of pharmacy, to suspend or revoke a provider's professional license.
  • Fines - The DEA may require a registrant to pay monetary fines or special assessments for violations of the CSA.
  • Criminal charges - If the DEA determines that a provider violated the CSA, it may refer the case to the Department of Justice, which may prosecute a person on criminal charges. Practitioners or pharmacies may face federal drug charges for offenses such as drug diversion or drug trafficking or conspiracy to possess, dispense, or distribute a controlled substance.

Contact a National DEA Enforcement Action Defense Attorney

If you are being investigated by the DEA, or if you have received notice that you may be subject to enforcement actions, you will want to act as quickly as possible to ensure that you can maintain your DEA registration and avoid penalties that could affect your professional license, your business, and your career. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC, we can explain your legal options, and we will provide the representation you need in administrative hearings or other communications with the DEA. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office at 630-310-1267. We represent medical providers and other professionals across the U.S. in cases involving DEA registration and enforcement actions.

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