Saturday, December 31, 2011

Carisoprodol Changes To Schedule IV

I'm sure there's hardly anyone who reads the Federal Register, unless they can't seem to fall asleep at night. So, I thought I would publish some handy information culled from the January 2012 edition of the Arizona Board of Pharmacy Newsletter (pdf).

According to excerpts from the newsletter -

Carisoprodol (Soma®) will be placed in Federal Controlled Substance Schedule IV on January 11, 2012. The final rule placing carisoprodol into Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act was published on Monday, December 12, 2011, in the Federal Register, effective 30 days after publication.

Regulatory requirements are effective on a staggered time line as outlined below. The final rule will be available for public inspection at www.archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/. Upon publication the final rule will be posted on the DEA Web site at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/index.html and it will also be available on www.regulations.gov.

Pharmacists take notice - Arizona pharmacies are required to inventory their stock of carisoprodol at the open or close of business on January 11, 2012. Other state boards may have similar rules.

Prescribers take notice - Follow the federal rules and laws now required for prescribing and refilling carisoprodol, and PLEASE include your DEA NUMBER on newly written prescriptions.

Public take notice - Stay out of trouble. Now that carisoprodol will become a "federally-scheduled" drug, the DEA IS INVOLVED. Make sure you KNOW THE LAWS about buying it in Mexico and bringing it across the border, or for carrying a controlled-substance without a legal prescription.

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