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March 22, 2020

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DEA Exception on Ryan Haight to Combat Coronavirus
The DEA has invoked an exception to the in-person examination requirement under the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act (21 U.S.C. 829). While the COVID-19 public health emergency remains in effect, practitioners may issue prescriptions for controlled substances (schedules II-IV) to patients for whom they have not conducted an in-person medical evaluation, provided all the following conditions are met:
• The prescription is issued for a legitimate medical purpose by a practitioner acting in the usual course of his/her professional practice.
• The telemedicine communication is conducted using an audio-visual, real-time, two-way interactive communication system.
• The practitioner is acting in accordance with applicable federal and state law.

In addition, for the prescription to be valid, the practitioner must comply with any applicable state laws.  

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