An Immediate Suspension Order is usually served along with a DEA Order to Show Cause and allows the DEA to circumvent due process and restrict your registration pending a hearing. An Immediate Suspension Order allows DEA to suspend your registration upon a determination that there is an “imminent danger to the public health and safety.”
An Immediate Suspension Order is typically served alongside an Order to Show Cause, enabling you to challenge the DEA’s decision on revocation, but you will not be able to dispense controlled substances while your case is pending. As a result, an Immediate Suspension Order can significantly impact your ability to practice medicine, operate your business, and maintain your lifestyle.
If, after demonstrating your practice is not an imminent danger to the public health and safety, the DEA upholds the immediate suspension order, a registrant may have to seek injunctive relief in federal court.