PHYSICIAN ALERT: CHANGES TO DEA REGISTRATION POLICY WILL RESULT IN EXPIRATION OF DEA REGISTRATION FOR LATE RENEWALS

The Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) has announced significant changes to the DEA renewal process effective January 1, 2017.  Pursuant to a notice posted on its website, the DEA has advised that physicians failing to renew their DEA registrations by midnight Eastern Time on the expiration date will have to complete an application for a new DEA registration.  The original DEA registration will not be reinstated.  Any paper applications for renewal received after midnight of the expiration date will be returned and the electronic renewal process will no longer be available.  In addition, the DEA will send only one renewal notice to a physician’s “mail to address” approximately 65 days before the expiration date.  This means that physicians must be diligent about calendaring their DEA expiration dates and must ensure that they timely submit their DEA renewals.  Otherwise, they may not be able to prescribe needed medications for their patients until the application process for a new DEA registration has been completed.