A coalition of stakeholder organizations, led by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and including NACDS, released a consensus document representing the medical, pharmacist and supply chain spectrum highlighting the challenges and “red flag” warning signs related to prescribing and dispensing controlled substance prescriptions.

The goal of the document is to provide healthcare practitioners with an understanding of their shared responsibility to ensure that all controlled substances are prescribed and dispensed for a legitimate medical purpose, as well as to provide guidance on which red flag warning signs warrant further scrutiny.

In communicating about the document, the coalition emphasized the importance of simultaneously confronting prescription drug abuse and diversion while fostering access to medications that patients need for legitimate purposes.