The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office of diversion uses “red flag” indicators to determine which doctors should be the subject of increased scrutiny, undercover visits, or potentially, a raid. The presence of a greater number of these DEA red flags increases the likelihood of scrutiny.
There is nothing illegal about most of these red flags. However, possessing even a few of these may cause your clinic or practice to face increased scrutiny from the DEA or other federal agencies.
Many of our physician clients who have been indicted for drug trafficking tell us they wish they had known that some of the red flags present at their practice were problematic in the first place.
At Chapman Law Group, we have extensive experience dealing with the DEA in criminal and administrative matters. We have compiled a list of the DEA red flags used to determine whether a physician may be prescribing for “other than legitimate medical purposes.” They are itemized by importance.
If your practice presents some of these DEA red flags, you could face scrutiny from the DEA in the form of undercover patient visits, or even the execution of a search warrant (a raid). The items above are all frequently argued by federal prosecutors when seeking a conviction against a doctor for prescribing “without a legitimate medical purpose,” and therefore engaging in drug trafficking.
If any of the items above at your practice are present, contact Chapman Law Group today for a free consultation. We will work to review your practice model and assist with developing a compliance plan to get your practice back on track, and possibly prevent criminal charges or suspension of your DEA registration.
With more than 30 years of experience in DEA matters and criminal law within the health care industry, Chapman Law Group is your first and best choice.
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