Florida Healthcare Law Firm
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a reevaluation of healthcare regulations, particularly with regard to telemedicine and the prescription of controlled medications. One significant development in this area is the temporary exceptions granted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008, which governs the prescription of controlled substances.
The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008, commonly known as the Ryan Haight Act, set stringent guidelines for prescribing controlled medications. Under this act, prescribing practitioners were required to conduct in-person evaluations of patients before prescribing these medications, with some limited exceptions. This law was enacted to combat the proliferation of online pharmacies that were distributing controlled substances without proper medical oversight.
In January 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (COVID-19 PHE). In response to this unprecedented global crisis...