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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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Periodically, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will publish a summary of collection requests under OMB review, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). To request a copy of these documents, call the SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer on (301) 443-7978.

Notification of Intent To Use Schedule III, IV, or V Opioid Drugs for the Maintenance and Detoxification Treatment of Opiate Addiction Under 21 U.S.C. 823(g)(2)—[OMB No. 0930-0234, extension]—The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (“DATA,” Public Law 106-310) amended the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 823(g)(2) to permit practitioners (physicians) to seek and obtain waivers to prescribe certain approved narcotic treatment drugs for the treatment of opiate addiction. The legislation sets eligibility requirements and certification requirements as well as an interagency notification review process for physicians who seek waivers.

To implement these new provisions, SAMHSA has developed a notification form (SMA 167) that facilitates the submission and review of notifications. The form provides the information necessary to determine whether practitioners (i.e., independent physicians and physicians in group practices (as defined under section Start Printed Page 588171877(h)(4) of the Social Security Act) meet the qualifications for waivers set forth under the new law. Use of this form will enable physicians to know they have provided all information needed to determine whether practitioners are eligible for a waiver. However, there is no prohibition on use of other means to provide requisite information. The Secretary will convey notification information and determinations to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which will assign an identification number to qualifying practitioners; this number will be included in the practitioner's registration under 21 U.S.C. 823(f).

Practitioners may use the form for two types of notification: (a) New, and (b) immediate. Under “new” notifications, practitioners may make their initial waiver requests to SAMHSA. “Immediate” notifications inform SAMHSA and the Attorney General of a practitioner's intent to prescribe immediately to facilitate the treatment of an individual patient under 21 U.S.C. 823(g)(2)(E)(ii).

The form collects data on the following items: practitioner name; state medical license number and DEA registration number; address of primary location, telephone and fax numbers; e-mail address; name and address of group practice; group practice employer identification number; names and DEA registration numbers of group practitioners; purpose of notification (new or immediate); certification of qualifying criteria for treatment and management of opiate-dependent patients; certification of capacity to refer patients for appropriate counseling and other appropriate ancillary services; certification of maximum patient load, certification to use only those drug products that meet the criteria in the law. The form also notifies practitioners of Privacy Act considerations, and permits practitioners to expressly consent to disclose limited information to the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator.

At present, there are no narcotic drugs or combinations for use under these notifications; however, SAMHSA believes that it is appropriate to develop a notification system to implement DATA in anticipation of narcotic treatment medications becoming available in the very near future. Therefore, SAMHSA recently obtained emergency OMB approval of form SMA 167 so that physicians will have it available to use if they wish to be assured that all required information is provided on their waiver submission and so that the review of submissions may be facilitated by use of a standard format for provision of the required information. Respondents may submit the form electronically, through a dedicated Web page that SAMHSA has established for the purpose, as well as via U.S. mail.

The following table summarizes the estimated annual burden for the use of this form.

Purpose of submissionNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentBurden per response (Hr.)Total burden (Hrs.)
Initial Application for Waiver1,2001.083100
Notification to Prescribe Immediately331.0833

Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of this notice to: Allison Herron Eydt, Human Resources and Housing Branch, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503.

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Dated: September 12, 2002.

Richard Kopanda,

Executive Officer, SAMHSA.

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[FR Doc. 02-23682 Filed 9-17-02; 8:45 am]