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- Aug 14, 2003
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jdpharmd? said:DEA numbers aren't required on the RX unless it's a control. Doctors around here are starting to pick up on this, and they love to deny you their DEA for a non-controlled substance. They still believe that it's some super secret code that's preventing 100's of people from faking their scripts....
This is true, and if you work for a class act like WAG it is a non-issue since they purchase and load the entire DEA database. But when you work for the evil empire with their cheesy low budget computer system you must load them yourself, and the system will not ALLOW you to proceed with dispensing a prescription without a valid DEA number. It has nothing to do with insurance. At this point the ethical pharmacist is faced with three choices; give the script back, dummy in a DEA number, or call the doc for the correct information. This was how the fellow tripped himself up.
DEA numbers for insurance purposes are a royal PITA when youi deal with other health care workers such as naturopaths or optometrists. Even P.A.s and CRNPs who have DEA numbers can give you grief because their numbers are in an atypical format from the physician's DEA which make the computer choke.
The standard practice is to dummy in a number or use the number of the covering physician which can get you in dutch with the powers that be for fraud.
There is no good answer except perhaps to shrug your shoulders with the appropriate blank look and demand cash - then cover your ears when the screaming starts