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Illinois DEA Raid Attorney

Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring that medications are dispensed safely and appropriately. When pharmacies dispense controlled substances to patients, they may face scrutiny by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). If the DEA believes that a pharmacy has engaged in drug diversion, it may perform an investigation, or DEA agents and other law enforcement officials may even conduct a raid of a pharmacy in order to uncover evidence of wrongdoing. In these situations, pharmacists may be unsure about the steps they can take to protect themselves, their rights, and their businesses. By understanding what to do before, during, and after a DEA raid, pharmacists can take steps to avoid serious consequences that could affect their DEA registration, their pharmacy licenses, and their ability to continue operating.

Steps to Take Before a DEA Raid Occurs

One of the best ways pharmacists can protect themselves is to understand their rights beforehand and ensure that they are following the correct procedures. Pharmacists should familiarize themselves with relevant laws related to controlled substances, as well as state pharmacy board regulations. It is also important to maintain proper records and follow procedures to prevent the misuse of controlled substances. Detailed inventories should be performed, including keeping records of expired medications. Pharmacists should also watch for signs of illicit prescriptions, such as forged prescriptions, prescriptions issued for medically unnecessary purposes, patients who pay in cash or travel long distances to fill prescriptions, or failure to follow prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).

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