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DEA issues interim online pharmacy regulations

Following the passage of the Ryan Haight Online Consumer Protection Act in October 2008, the DEA has issued interim regulations. These interim regulations go into effect on April 13, 2009; the public comment period on the interim regulations ends on June 5, 2009. After that, the permanent regulations will be enacted.

Additionally, any pharmacist who operates an online pharmacy within the definition of the new law must, starting on April 13, 2009, update their DEA registration to obtain permission to operate as an online pharmacy.

The 30+ page interim regulations were just released yesterday (April 6, 2009) and LegitScript staff are poring through them now. We’ll be working with the online pharmacies we’ve approved over the next few weeks to ensure that all online pharmacies are up-to-speed and in compliance with both the law and the regulations.