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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