DEA Accepts ASCP’s Recommendations on Electronic E-kits
Thursday, December 1, 2016
ASCP secured a success on the use of electronic emergency kits (e-kits) in long-term care facilities. In a November 30, 2016 letter from Lou Milione, Assistant Administrator, Diversion Control Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) accepted our recommendations to treat electronic e-kits the same as tackle-box style e-kits.
In June 2016, ASCP sent a letter to Jim Arnold, Liaison & Policy Section Chief at DEA, asking for clarification on the use of electronic e-kits. In that letter, ASCP highlighted the 1980 DEA-issued guidance spelling out conditions under which e-kits can be placed in long-term care facilities. In their response to ASCP’s letter, the DEA accepted the recommendation that all e-kits, including electronic e-kits, fall under that 1980 guidance.
Dispensing out of electronic or tackle-box e-kits can only be done in emergency situations and still requires compliance with the Controlled Substances Act and DEA regulation regarding valid prescriptions. A copy of the letter and 1980 Guidance is available at ascp.com/advocacy.
Special thanks to the leadership of ASCP’s DEA Task Force. It is through their expertise, time, and efforts that this victory was possible for ASCP and our members.