Long-term care advocates want change in DEA enforcement

03/26/2010 | HealthLeaders Media

Federal interpretation and enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act is causing long-term care residents to endure unnecessary waits for pain medication, according to industry leaders who testified before a Senate committee this week. The regulations mean that nurses at nursing homes cannot respond to a physician's verbal or chart orders for medication and instead must wait for a signed prescription from a physician.

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