Viewpoint: Multiple Schedule II Rxs: Road to disaster?

January 28, 2008

DEA's new rule allowing multiple prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances could engender greater Rx drug abuse.

Background to DEA change

Implications for pharmacists

Everyone knows that prescription drug abuse is increasing. We may be in the minority, but we strongly feel that there should be more restrictive prescribing measures put into place, especially for Schedule II controlled substances, rather than more leniency, which, we believe, the final rule promotes. Methadone-related deaths have been growing. DEA is concerned about these rising statistics, but it does not set up any limitations on methadone prescribing under these regulations. Is this appropriate?

It is disappointing to realize that as deaths are rising from prescription drug abuse, DEA would pass a rule that would only compound the problem. Pharmacists should voice their concerns about this ruling so that it is reversed.

JENNIFER FASS is a drug information resident, and MATTHEW SEAMON is assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.