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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Requested: Reports of Dispensing of Controlled Substances by Online Pharmacies (DEA Form 332)

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ACTION:

60-day notice of information collection under review.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until August 14, 2009. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

If you have comments, especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Mark W. Caverly, Chief, Liaison and Policy Section, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, VA 22152, Telephone (202) 307-7297.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Overview of Information Collection 1117-0050:

(1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved collection.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Reports of dispensing of controlled substances by online pharmacies (DEA Form 332).

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection:

Form Number: DEA Form 332; Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract:

Primary: Business or other for-profit.Start Printed Page 28276

Other: Not-for-Profit Institutions; State, Local or Tribal Government.

Abstract: The Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 827(d)(2)) requires online pharmacies to report to DEA the total quantity of controlled substances that the pharmacy has dispensed during each calendar month by any means, regardless of whether the controlled substances are dispensed by means of the Internet. Reports are required to be filed by every pharmacy that, at any time during a calendar month, holds a modification of registration authorizing it to operate as an online pharmacy, regardless of whether the online pharmacy dispenses any controlled substances by means of the Internet during the month. Such reporting is mandated by the Ryan Haight Act and permits DEA to monitor the dispensing of controlled substances by online pharmacies.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: It is estimated that 250 persons complete DEA Form 332 electronically, at 15 minutes per form, for an annual burden of 750 hours.

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: It is estimated that this collection will create a burden of 750 annual burden hours.

If additional information is required contact: Lynn Bryant, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600, 601 D Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530.

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Dated: June 10, 2009.

Lynn Bryant,

Department Clearance Officer, PRA, United States Department of Justice.

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[FR Doc. E9-14034 Filed 6-12-09; 8:45 am]

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