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.