NYSPA: NEW DEA Temporary Rule

April 4, 2023

Following is a notice our colleagues at the New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA) just sent to their members regarding yesterday’s  announcement from the DEA that it has temporarily extended COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities for prescription of controlled substances.  There is a link at the bottom of the first half of the notice that leads to an FAQ document that may be helpful to the prescribers you employ.  Hopefully the Psychiatrists you work with have already seen this.  

May 4, 2023

 Yesterday, the DEA issued a statement announcing that it has submitted a draft Temporary Rule to the federal Office of Management and Budget in connection with a temporary extension of COVID-19 telemedicine flexibilities for prescription of controlled substances. Of course, the text of the Temporary Rule has not yet been released, but this is an excellent step forward in ensuring that patients continue to receive access to necessary medications. The text of the DEA statement is appended below. 

Following the NYSPA webinar last week on the end of the federal public health emergency, NYSPA has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers. In light of the recent announcement from the DEA, will not be posting any FAQs regarding the DEA registration requirement at this time.  Once the DEA Temporary Rule is issued, we will provide members with a summary of the rule and any additional information that is made available at that time. 

Click here to view the NYSPA FAQ Document regarding the end of the PHE.   

Statement from the DEA Administrator Anne Milgram on COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescription of Controlled Medications

May 03, 2023

DEA Administrator
The Drug Enforcement Administration received a record 38,000 comments on its proposed telemedicine rules. We take those comments seriously and are considering them carefully. We recognize the importance of telemedicine in providing Americans with access to needed medications, and we have decided to extend the current flexibilities while we work to find a way forward to give Americans that access with appropriate safeguards. 

For this reason, last week, DEA, in concert with the Department of Health and Human Services, submitted a draft Temporary Rule to the Office of Management and Budget entitled “Temporary Extension of COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescription of Controlled Medications.” Further details about the rule will become public after its full publication in the Federal Register.

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