Who is registered to handle controlled substances?

August 9, 2004

Here is a look at the health professionals and companies authorized by DEA to handle controlled substances

 

Who is registered to handle controlled substances?

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, there are more than one million individuals–physicians, pharmacists, and others–registered under the Controlled Substances Act. DEA registrants, including individuals and businesses, are authorized to handle controlled substances. As of February 2004, DEA reported that it had 1,139,768 registrants on the retail level and 11,725 on the wholesale level, making a total of 1,151,493 registrants. The table below shows the breakdown.

DEA maintains up-to-date databases of registrants. These databases are available from the National Technical Information Service as monthly and quarterly subscriptions. For more information, visit www.ntis.gov/products/types/dea/index.asp .

Retail-level registrants

Retail pharmacy

Hospital/Clinic

Practitioner

Teaching institution417

Mid-level practitioner

 

Wholesale-level registrants

Manufacturer475
Distributor829
Researcher7,298

Analytical lab

Importer150

Exporter

Narcotic treatment program

Source: DEA



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