The DEA has issued new guidelines to expediate nursing home residents in receiving certain painkillers and anti-anxiety medications.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued new guidelines to expediate nursing home residents in receiving certain painkillers and anti-anxiety medications. Previously, the DEA counseled pharmacists who dispensed such drugs to nursing home patients to do so only via direct oral or written communication with a doctor.
However, physicians may now authorize nursing home nurses to call in the prescriptions directly to pharmacies, per a policy statement published in the Federal Register.
It’s common practice for hospital nurses or nurses working for doctors in private practice to request prescriptions.
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