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DEA Investigation of Physician Assistants

March 18, 2022 DEA Defense Lawyers

Our attorneys help PA’s with DEA registration defense throughout the USA. There are many different types of healthcare providers who deal with controlled substances. As a result, the DEA conducts audits, and investigations, in order to ensure there is no drug diversion and drug trafficking ongoing. PA’s could find themselves under the scrutiny of the DEA based on their practices when it comes to prescribing, administering, or dispensing, certain controlled drugs. PA’s must protect their ability to work with controlled substances. To protect their DEA registration, PA’s should consider turning to a defense attorney before turning information over to DEA agents/complying with any requests from the DEA.

At the Spodek Law Group, our DEA defense lawyers represent medical professionals throughout the USA. We help with a variety of issues, such as DEA registration, medical licensing, and more. We can help physician assistants respond deal with DEA investigations while protecting the the rights of the DEA agent, and helping maintain the right of the physician assistant to continue practicing medicine.

PA’s may face scrutiny if their pattern of prescribing controlled substances are out of the ordinary, or if DEA agents believe they have issued unnecessary prescriptions. If a provider prescribes controlled substances in higher proportions than other types of drugs, or statistically higher than most PA’s, then the DEA may see this is as a sign of the PA prescribing drugs that aren’t medically necessary. An investigation will be conducted, where patient records will be reviewed, prescription records will be reviewed, and more.

The DEA will specifically look at whether the physician assistant took steps when treating his/her patients to prevent illegitimate prescription. The DEA will look at patient intake procedures, and whether the PA thoroughly reviews patient medical histories and requires patients to sign a pain management agreement. DEA agents may also look at whether PA performed a detailed analysis of the patient, such as doing a medical examination, or explored other types of therapies/medication before prescribing opioids.

There are many types of DEA enforcement actions, which can be taken against PA’s. The DEA may decide to suspend, or revoke your registration. It could also choose not to renew your DEA registration. If the DEA finds that you violated the CSA, it could make a referral to the DOJ – which can pursue criminal charges. DEA agents may also request that you surrender your DEA registration voluntarily.

If you voluntarily 0 your DEA registration, it can have other downstream consequences. For example, you lose your medical license, you could lose hospital privileges, you could also lose provider status with insurance companies.

If you’re under investigation by the DEA, speak to our DEA defense lawyers for a risk free consultation.

 

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