News & Press: ASCP News

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

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.

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
1321 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
© 2016-2017 ASCP | Contact Us | Privacy Policy
ASCP Foundation | BCGP