CDS has learned that the Drug Enforcement Administration is auditing dentists to make sure their licenses to prescribe controlled substances are current. Without the proper licenses--or with an expired one--a dentist could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in fines.
Illinois dentists who prescribe controlled substances are required to register for a license through the state’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Dentists must also have a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In order to apply for the DEA license, you must have an Illinois license to prescribe controlled substances first.
To find out more about prescribing controlled substances in Illinois, see the ISDS web page, "Prescription Writing Authority."
To make sure you are compliant, follow these steps:
First, make sure that you are in good standing with IDFPR by keeping your Illinois license to prescribe controlled substances current. You can check your license status online.
If your license is expired, IDFPR advises that you come to their office in Springfield in person so you can get a "letter in good standing" that day. Otherwise, processing time is 4-6 weeks.
If you have never had a license to prescribe controlled substances in Illinois before, you should fill out the application and mail it in. Coming in person to Springfield does nothing except save mailing time. IDFPR will not process a first-time application in person. Processing time is currently 4-6 weeks.
If your license is current, be advised that the renewal period for dentists in not yet open. The license to prescribe controlled substances will expire on September 30 for dentists.
Next, make sure that your license with the DEA is current. You have to get your license to prescribe controlled substance from IDFPR before you can apply for the DEA license.
If you've applied before, you can renew online.
If you've never obtained a license from the DEA before, you can apply online.
For more information
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
320 West Washington Street
Springfield, Illinois 62786
Phone: (217) 785-0820
Drug Enforcement Administration
Diversion Control Program
230 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 353-7875