The DEA Pharmacy Audit [CE Available]

This product contains all the ACPE requirements for CE credit: The DEA Pharmacy Audit course as well as its CE Mastery Exam and Evaluation. To receive educational credit, you must pass the CE Mastery Exam and complete the Evaluation.

Course Goals and Objectives

The purpose of this program is to provide pharmacy staff with an expanded and updated understanding of what the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) generally requires and typically examines when it conducts a pharmacy audit and, in so doing, to reduce a pharmacy's exposure to regulatory penalties for non-compliance.

At the completion of this program, successful participants should be able to:

  • Explain the basis of federal regulation of controlled substances in a pharmacy
  • Describe the hiring restrictions for pharmacists
  • Describe recordkeeping requirements when ordering, receiving, storing, dispensing, distributing, and returning controlled substances in a pharmacy
  • Describe the ability of DEA-registered practitioners and pharmacies to use electronic prescriptions for controlled substances
  • Describe DEA reporting requirements
  • Describe DEA investigative procedures and enforcement actions
  • Explain how the DEA generally conducts a pharmacy audit in terms of what records are typically examined, and the meaning of "readily retrievable"


Robert Williamson and Mark Caverly, Senior Consultants, U.S. Compliance Solutions (formerly BuzzeoPDMA), QuintilesIMS

Author Disclosure

The authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research, or services may be discussed in this study. There is no discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product.


The contents neither constitute nor are they offered as legal advice or counsel or as representing official DEA positions or opinions. Only the DEA can provide an official position or opinion.


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Conduent Heathcare Knowledge Solutions, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience: Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Activity Type: Knowledge-based

Fee: $29.95 MSRP*
* This is the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price


  • Pharmacists: 0296-0000-17-008-H04-P
  • Pharmacy Technicians: 0296-0000-17-008-H04-T

Credit: 1.0 Contact Hour (0.1 CEUs)

Release Date: November 1, 2017

Expiration Date: November 1, 2020

No credit will be given for examinations received after this date.

Instructions for Receiving CPE Credit

After reviewing the course, complete the Participant Assessment and the Evaluation. Instructions on how to receive your statement of credit are available upon completion of the assessment and evaluation.

To receive of continuing pharmacy education in all states that recognize the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as an approved provider, you must obtain a score of at least 80% on the assessment. After passing the assessment, you can claim your credit and submit it directly to CPE Monitor.

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality: Conduent Heathcare Knowledge Solutions, Inc. maintains and respects privacy and confidentiality that relates to the CPE activities it provides on the Internet.

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Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0296-0000-17-008-H04-P 0.1 CEUs November 01, 2017 - November 01, 2020
ACPE# 0296-0000-17-008-H04-T 0.1 CEUs November 01, 2017 - November 01, 2020