Long-term care pharmacy provider Omnicare has agreed to pay the government $50 million to settle charges that it illegally dispensed controlled medications to long-term care residents.
Newly proposed legislation aimed at easing painkiller-dispensing regulations in nursing homes is being loudly condemned by the American Health Care Association.
Providers to help form DEA policy on long-term care facilities' disposal of unwanted controlled substancesJanuary 14, 2011
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is looking to modify its policies regarding the disposal of powerful medications that long-term care facilities need to discard. Providers, including the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, have submitted comments for the DEA's public meeting, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday in Washington. Among the hottest topics will be the DEA's concern that abusers might devise new and unwanted pathways to re-route controlled substances from intended destruction.
The Senate this week passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, a bill that relaxes certain rules regarding the disposal of controlled substances in long-term care facilities.