Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Justice.
Notice of proposed year 2004 aggregate production quotas.
This notice proposes initial year 2004 aggregate production quotas for controlled substances in Schedules I and II of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Comments or objections must be received on or before November 25, 2003.
Send comments or objections to the Acting Deputy Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC 20537, Attn.: DEA Federal Register Representative (CCR).Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Frank L. Sapienza, Chief, Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC 20537, Telephone: (202) 307-7183.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 306 of the CSA (21 U.S.C. 826) requires that the Attorney General establish aggregate production quotas for each basic class of controlled substance listed in Schedules I and II. This responsibility has been delegated to the Administrator of the DEA by § 0.100 of title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The Administrator, in turn, has redelegated this function to the Deputy Administrator, pursuant to § 0.104 of title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
The proposed year 2004 aggregate production quotas represent those quantities of controlled substances that may be produced in the United States in 2004 to provide adequate supplies of each substance for: The estimated medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States; lawful export requirements; and the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks. These quotas do not include imports of controlled substances for use in industrial processes.
In determining the proposed year 2004 aggregate production quotas, the Acting Deputy Administrator considered the following factors: Total actual 2002 and estimated 2003 and 2004 net disposals of each substance by all manufacturers; estimates of 2003 year-end inventories of each substance and of any substance manufactured from it and trends in accumulation of such inventories; product development requirements of both bulk and finished dosage form manufacturers; projected demand as indicated by procurement quota applications filed pursuant to § 1303.12 of title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations; and other pertinent information.
Pursuant to part 1303 of title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Acting Start Printed Page 62475Deputy Administrator of the DEA will, in early 2004, adjust aggregate production quotas and individual manufacturing quotas allocated for the year based upon 2003 year-end inventory and actual 2003 disposition data supplied by quota recipients for each basic class of Schedule I or II controlled substance.
Therefore, under the authority vested in the Attorney General by § 306 of the CSA of 1970 (21 U.S.C. 826), and delegated to the Administrator of the DEA by § 0.100 of title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and redelegated to the Deputy Administrator pursuant to § 0.104 of title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Acting Deputy Administrator hereby proposes that the year 2004 aggregate production quotas for the following controlled substances, expressed in grams of anhydrous acid or base, be established as follows:
|Basic class||Proposed year 2004 quotas|
|Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)||61|
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|Codeine (for sale)||41,341,000|
|Codeine (for conversion)||42,136,000|
|Hydrocodone (for sale)||30,622,000|
|Hydrocodone (for conversion)||1,500,000|
|Methadone (for sale)||14,057,000|
|825,000 grams of levo-desoxyephedrine for use in a non-controlled, non-prescription product; 1,420,000 grams for methamphetamine mostly for conversion to a schedule III product; and 30,000 grams for methamphetamine (for sale)|
|Morphine (for sale)||20,762,000|
|Morphine (for conversion)||110,774,000|
|Noroxymorphone (for sale)||99,000|
|Noroxymorphone (for conversion)||2,900,000|
|Oxycodone (for sale)||41,182,000|
|Oxycodone (for conversion)||700,000|
The Acting Deputy Administrator further proposes that aggregate production quotas for all other Schedules I and II controlled substances included in §§ 1308.11 and 1308.12 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations be established at zero.
All interested persons are invited to submit their comments and objections in writing regarding this proposal. A person may object to or comment on the proposal relating to any of the above-mentioned substances without filing comments or objections regarding the others. If a person believes that one or more of these issues warrant a hearing, the individual should so state and summarize the reasons for this belief.
In the event that comments or objections to this proposal raise one or more issues which the Acting Deputy Administrator finds warrant a hearing, the Acting Deputy Administrator shall order a public hearing by notice in the Federal Register, summarizing the issues to be heard and setting the time for the hearing.
The Office of Management and Budget has determined that notices of aggregate production quotas are not subject to centralized review under Executive Order 12866.
This action does not preempt or modify any provision of state law; nor does it impose enforcement responsibilities on any state; nor does it diminish the power of any state to Start Printed Page 62477enforce its own laws. Accordingly, this action does not have federalism implications warranting the application of Executive Order 13132.
The Acting Deputy Administrator hereby certifies that this action will have no significant impact upon small entities whose interests must be considered under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq. The establishment of aggregate production quotas for Schedules I and II controlled substances is mandated by law and by international treaty obligations. The quotas are necessary to provide for the estimated medical, scientific, research and industrial needs of the United States, for export requirements and the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks. While aggregate production quotas are of primary importance to large manufacturers, their impact upon small entities is neither negative nor beneficial. Accordingly, the Acting Deputy Administrator has determined that this action does not require a regulatory flexibility analysis.
This action meets the applicable standards set forth in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988 Civil Justice Reform.
This action will not result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100,000,000 or more in any one year, and will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.
This action is not a major rule as defined by section 804 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. This action will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based companies to compete with foreign-based companies in domestic and export markets.
The Drug Enforcement Administration makes every effort to write clearly. If you have suggestions as to how to improve the clarity of this regulation, call or write Frank L. Sapienza, Chief, Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC 20537, Telephone: (202) 307-7183.Start Signature
Dated: October 27, 2003.
Michele M. Leonhart,
Acting Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 03-27636 Filed 11-3-03; 8:45 am]
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