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Nebraska News: Count 'Em Annually

Topics: Controlled substances

Published in the February 2009 Nebraska Board of Pharmacy Newsletter

Nebraska pharmacists are reminded that the 2008 Nebraska Legislature passed LB 902, which requires that pharmacies conduct a controlled substances inventory annually beginning January 1, 2009. The inventory was previously required on an every-other-year basis. The language of the legislation states that “such inventory shall be taken within two years after the previous biennial inventory date but in no event later than December 31, 2009 and each year thereafter be taken within one year after the previous annual inventory date.”

This change was requested by the Nebraska Board of Pharmacy in order to identify potential diversion or other inventory problems before they become severe. The Nebraska Pharmacists Association was particularly helpful in the passage of this legislation.

The original language of LB 902 would have positioned tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance in Nebraska, but this section of the legislation was removed following opposition by the pharmaceutical industry.