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Hospital Pharmacy Associated Clinics (HPAC) - Separate DEA Registration

Wednesday, August 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Anderson
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Dear Interested Parties,


At the May 2017 regular business meeting, the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission received an update on hospital pharmacy associated clinics (HPACs) and DEA registrations.  It had been brought to the Commission’s attention that clinics were/are having issues obtaining DEA registrations for their properly state licensed HPACs. 


Staff was able to meet with the DEA to clarify the registration process for HPAC clinics.  HPACs receiving and administering controlled substances must have a site/location specific DEA registration.  The DEA has been working with the Department to verify applications are properly listed as clinics on hospital pharmacy licenses.  However, the DEA reiterated the following would still be required:

  • That formal documentation and transfer of controlled drugs from the hospital to the clinic with the date shipped and date received.
  • The total amount transfers should not exceed 5% of controlled substances for the hospital pharmacy. The Commission recommends having your letter from the Department of Health confirming the list of clinic addresses listed on your hospital pharmacy license on file and available to submit to the DEA.


Steven Saxe, RPh, FACHE

Executive Director, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission

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