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Proposed Adjustments to the Aggregate Production Quotas for Schedule I and II Controlled Substances and Assessment of Annual Needs for the List I Chemicals Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine for 2015

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AGENCY:

Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice.

ACTION:

Notice with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Drug Enforcement Administration proposes to adjust the 2015 aggregate production quotas for several controlled substances in schedules I and II of the Controlled Substances Act and the assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.

DATES:

Interested persons may file written comments on this notice in accordance with 21 CFR 1303.13(c) and 1315.13(d). Electronic comments must be submitted, and written comments must be postmarked, on or before August 7, 2015. Commenters should be aware that the electronic Federal Docket Management System will not accept comments after 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the last day of the comment period.

ADDRESSES:

To ensure proper handling of comments, please reference “Docket No. DEA-418P” on all correspondence, including any attachments. The Drug Enforcement Administration encourages that all comments be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal which provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on the Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Please go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments. Upon completion of your submission you will receive a Comment Tracking Number for your comment. Please be aware that submitted comments are not instantaneously available for public view on Regulations.gov. If you have received a Comment Tracking Number, your comment has been successfully submitted and there is no need to resubmit the same comment. Paper comments that duplicate electronic submissions are not necessary and are discouraged. Should you wish to mail a paper comment in lieu of an electronic comment, it should be sent via regular or express mail to: Drug Enforcement Administration, Attention: DEA Federal Register Representative/ODL, 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

John R. Scherbenske, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152, Telephone: (202) 598-6812.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Legal Authority and Background

Section 306 of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), 21 U.S.C. 826, requires the Attorney General to determine the total quantity and establish aggregate production quotas for each basic class of controlled substance listed in schedules I and II and for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. This responsibility has been delegated to the Administrator of the DEA. 28 CFR 0.100(b).

The DEA established the 2015 aggregate production quotas for substances in schedules I and II and the assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine on September 8, 2014 (79 FR 53216). That notice stipulated that, in accordance with 21 CFR 1303.13 and 1315.13, all aggregate production quotas and assessments of annual need are subject to adjustment.

Analysis for Proposed Adjusted 2015 Aggregate Production Quotas and Assessment of Annual Needs

The DEA proposes to adjust the established 2015 aggregate production quotas for certain schedule I and II controlled substances to be manufactured in the United States in 2015 to provide 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. The DEA is not proposing to adjust the established 2015 assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine to be manufactured in and imported into the United States in 2015 to provide for the estimated medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States, lawful export requirements, and the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks.

In proposing the adjustment, the DEA has taken into account the criteria that the DEA is required to consider in accordance with 21 CFR 1303.13 and 21 CFR 1315.13. The DEA determines whether to propose an adjustment of the aggregate production quotas for basic classes of schedule I and II controlled substances and assessment of annual needs for ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, Start Printed Page 39157and phenylpropanolamine by considering: (1) Changes in the demand for that class or chemical, changes in the national rate of net disposal of the class or chemical, and changes in the rate of net disposal of the class or chemical by registrants holding individual manufacturing quotas for the class; (2) whether any increased demand for that class or chemical, the national and/or individual rates of net disposal of that class or chemical are temporary, short term, or long term; (3) whether any increased demand for that class or chemical can be met through existing inventories, increased individual manufacturing quotas, or increased importation, without increasing the aggregate production quota; (4) whether any decreased demand for that class or chemical will result in excessive inventory accumulation by all persons registered to handle that class or chemical; and (5) other factors affecting medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs in the United States and lawful export requirements, as the Acting Administrator finds relevant.

The DEA also considered updated information obtained from 2014 year-end inventories, 2014 disposition data submitted by quota applicants, estimates of the medical needs of the United States, product development, and other information made available to the DEA after the initial aggregate production quotas and assessment of annual needs had been established. Other factors the DEA considered in calculating the aggregate production quotas, but not the assessment of annual needs, include product development requirements of both bulk and finished dosage form manufacturers, and other pertinent information. In determining the proposed adjusted 2015 assessment of annual needs, the DEA used the calculation methodology previously described in the 2010 and 2011 established assessment of annual needs (74 FR 60294, Nov. 20, 2009, and 75 FR 79407, Dec. 20, 2010, respectively).

As previously described in the published notice establishing the 2015 aggregate production quotas and assessment of annual needs, the DEA has specifically considered that inventory allowances granted to individual manufacturers, 21 CFR 1303.24, may not always result in the availability of sufficient quantities to maintain an adequate reserve stock pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 826(a), as intended. This would be concerning if a natural disaster or other unforeseen event resulted in substantial disruption to the amount of controlled substances available to provide for legitimate public need. As such, the DEA has included in all proposed adjusted schedule II controlled substance aggregate production quotas, and certain proposed adjusted schedule I controlled substance aggregate production quotas, an additional 25% of the estimated medical, scientific, and research needs as part of the amount necessary to ensure the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks. The resulting adjusted established aggregate production quotas will reflect these included amounts. This action will not affect the ability of manufacturers to maintain inventory allowances as specified by regulation. The DEA expects that maintaining this reserve in certain established aggregate production quotas will mitigate adverse public effects if an unforeseen event results in substantial disruption to the amount of controlled substances available to provide for legitimate public need, as determined by the DEA. The DEA does not anticipate utilizing the reserve in the absence of these circumstances.

The Acting Administrator, therefore, proposes to adjust the 2015 aggregate production quotas for certain schedule I and II controlled substances expressed in grams of anhydrous acid or base, as follows:

Basic classEstablished 2015 QuotasProposed Adjusted 2015 Quotas
(g)(g)
Schedule I
(1-Pentyl-1 H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144)1525
[1-(5-Fluoro-pentyl)-1 H-indol-3-yl](2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (XLR11)1525
[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1 H-indazol-3-yl](naphthalen-1-yl)methanone (THJ-2201)15no change
1-(1,3-Benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-(methylamino)butan-1-one (butylone)1525
1-(1,3-Benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-(methylamino)pentan-1-one (pentylone)1525
1-(1-Phenylcyclohexyl)pyrrolidine10no change
1-(5-Fluoropentyl)-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (AM2201)45no change
1-(5-Fluoropentyl)-3-(2-iodobenzoyl)indole (AM694)45no change
1-[1-(2-Thienyl)cyclohexyl]piperidine15no change
1-[2-(4-Morpholinyl)ethyl]-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-200)45no change
1-Butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-073)45no change
1-Cyclohexylethyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole (SR-18 and RCS-8)45no change
1-Hexyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-019)45no change
1-Methyl-4-phenyl-4-propionoxypiperidine2no change
1-Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-018 and AM678)45no change
1-Pentyl-3-(2-chlorophenylacetyl)indole (JWH-203)45no change
1-Pentyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole (JWH-250)45no change
1-Pentyl-3-(4-chloro-1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-398)45no change
1-Pentyl-3-(4-methyl-1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-122)45no change
1-Pentyl-3-[(4-methoxy)-benzoyl]indole (SR-19, RCS-4)45no change
1-Pentyl-3-[1-(4-methoxynaphthoyl)]indole (JWH-081)45no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-n-propylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-P)30no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-ethylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-E)30no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-methylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-D)30no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-nitro-phenyl)ethanamine (2C-N)30no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-H)30no change
2-(4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25B-NBOMe; 2C-B-NBOMe; 25B; Cimbi-36)1525
2-(4-Chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-C)30no change
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2-(4-Chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25C-NBOMe; 2C-C-NBOMe; 25C; Cimbi-82)1525
2-(4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-I)30no change
2-(4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25I-NBOMe; 2C-I-NBOMe; 25I; Cimbi-5)15no change
2-(Methylamino)-1-phenylpentan-1-one (pentedrone)15no change
2,5-Dimethoxy-4-ethylamphetamine (DOET)25no change
2,5-Dimethoxy-4-n-propylthiophenethylamine25no change
2,5-Dimethoxyamphetamine25no change
2-[4-(Ethylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C-T-2)30no change
2-[4-(Isopropylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C-T-4)30no change
3,4,5-Trimethoxyamphetamine25no change
3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA)55no change
3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)50no change
3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-ethylamphetamine (MDEA)40no change
3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-methylcathinone (methylone)50no change
3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV)35no change
3-Fluoro-N-methylcathinone (3-FMC)1525
3-Methylfentanyl2no change
3-Methylthiofentanyl2no change
4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DOB)25no change
4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine (2-CB)25no change
4-Fluoro-N-methylcathinone (4-FMC)1525
4-Methoxyamphetamine100no change
4-Methyl-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DOM)25no change
4-Methylaminorex25no change
4-Methyl-N-ethylcathinone (4-MEC)1525
4-Methyl-N-methylcathinone (mephedrone)45no change
4-Methyl-α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (4-MePPP)1525
5-(1,1-Dimethylheptyl)-2-[(1 R, 3 S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol68no change
5-(1,1-Dimethyloctyl)-2-[(1 R, 3 S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol or CP-47,497 C8-homolog)53no change
5-Methoxy-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine25no change
5-Methoxy-N,N-diisopropyltryptamine25no change
5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine25no change
Acetyl-alpha-methylfentanyl2no change
Acetyldihydrocodeine2no change
Acetylmethadol2no change
Allylprodine2no change
Alphacetylmethadol2no change
alpha-Ethyltryptamine25no change
Alphameprodine2no change
Alphamethadol2no change
alpha-Methylfentanyl2no change
alpha-Methylthiofentanyl2no change
alpha-Methyltryptamine (AMT)25no change
alpha-Pyrrolidinobutiophenone (α-PBP)1525
alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP)1525
Aminorex25no change
Benzylmorphine2no change
Betacetylmethadol2no change
beta-Hydroxy-3-methylfentanyl2no change
beta-Hydroxyfentanyl2no change
Betameprodine2no change
Betamethadol4no change
Betaprodine2no change
Bufotenine3no change
Cathinone70no change
Codeine methylbromide5no change
Codeine-N-oxide305no change
Desomorphine525
Diethyltryptamine25no change
Difenoxin11,000no change
Dihydromorphine3,990,000no change
Dimethyltryptamine35no change
Dipipanone5no change
Fenethylline5no change
gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid70,250,000no change
Heroin2550
Hydromorphinol2no change
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Hydroxypethidine2no change
Ibogaine5no change
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)35no change
Marihuana658,000no change
Mescaline25no change
Methaqualone10no change
Methcathinone25no change
Methyldesorphine5no change
Methyldihydromorphine2no change
Morphine methylbromide5no change
Morphine methylsulfonate5no change
Morphine-N-oxide350no change
N-(1-Adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1 H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AKB48)1525
N-(1-Amino-3,3-dimethyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-pentyl-1 H-indazole-3-carboxamide (ADB-PINACA)1525
N-(1-Amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(4-fluorobenzyl)-1 H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-FUBINACA)1525
N-(1-Amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1 H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-CHMINACA)15no change
N-(1-Amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-pentyl-1 H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-PINACA)15no change
N,N-Dimethylamphetamine25no change
Naphthylpyrovalerone (naphyrone)1525
N-Benzylpiperazine25no change
N-Ethyl-1-phenylcyclohexylamine5no change
N-Ethylamphetamine24no change
N-Hydroxy-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine24no change
Noracymethadol2no change
Norlevorphanol52no change
Normethadone2no change
Normorphine1840
Para-fluorofentanylzero5
Parahexylzero5
Phenomorphan2no change
Pholcodinezero5
Psilocybin30no change
Psilocyn30no change
Quinolin-8-yl 1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1 H-indole-3-carboxylate (5-fluoro-PB-22; 5F-PB-22)1525
Quinolin-8-yl 1-pentyl-1 H-indole-3-carboxylate (PB-22; QUPIC)1525
Tetrahydrocannabinols497,500511,250
Thiofentanyl2no change
Tilidine1025
Trimeperidine2no change
Schedule II
1-Phenylcyclohexylamine5no change
1-Piperidinocyclohexanecarbonitrile5no change
4-Anilino-N-phenethyl-4-piperidine (ANPP)2,687,500no change
Alfentanil17,750no change
Alphaprodine3no change
Amobarbital25,125no change
Amphetamine (for conversion)21,875,000no change
Amphetamine (for sale)37,500,000no change
Carfentanil19no change
Cocaine275,000no change
Codeine (for conversion)50,000,000no change
Codeine (for sale)49,500,00063,900,000
Dextropropoxyphene1945
Dihydrocodeine226,375no change
Diphenoxylate (for conversion)75,000no change
Diphenoxylate (for sale)1,337,500no change
Ecgonine174,375no change
Ethylmorphine3no change
Fentanyl2,150,0002,300,000
Glutethimide3no change
Hydrocodone (for conversion)137,500no change
Hydrocodone (for sale)99,625,000no change
Hydromorphone7,000,000no change
Isomethadone5no change
Levo-alphacetylmethadol (LAAM)4no change
Levomethorphan530
Levorphanol7,125no change
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Lisdexamfetamine29,750,000no change
Meperidine6,250,000no change
Meperidine Intermediate-A6no change
Meperidine Intermediate-B1132
Meperidine Intermediate-C6no change
Metazocine19no change
Methadone (for sale)31,875,000no change
Methadone Intermediate34,375,000no change
Methamphetamine2,061,375no change
[1,250,000 grams of levo-desoxyephedrine for use in a non-controlled, non-prescription product; 750,000 grams for methamphetamine mostly for conversion to a schedule III product; and 61,375 grams for methamphetamine (for sale)]
Methylphenidate83,750,00087,500,000
Morphine (for conversion)91,250,000no change
Morphine (for sale)62,500,000no change
Nabilone18,750no change
Noroxymorphone (for conversion)17,500,000no change
Noroxymorphone (for sale)1,475,000no change
Opium (powder)112,500no change
Opium (tincture)687,500no change
Oripavine35,000,000no change
Oxycodone (for conversion)8,350,000no change
Oxycodone (for sale)137,500,000139,150,000
Oxymorphone (for conversion)29,000,000no change
Oxymorphone (for sale)7,750,000no change
Pentobarbital35,000,000no change
Phenazocine6no change
Phencyclidine1938
Phenmetrazine3no change
Phenylacetone9,375,000no change
Racemethorphan3no change
Remifentanil3,7504,200
Secobarbital215,003no change
Sufentanil6,255no change
Tapentadol12,500,000no change
Thebaine125,000,000no change
List I Chemicals
Ephedrine (for conversion)1,000,000no change
Ephedrine (for sale)4,000,000no change
Phenylpropanolamine (for conversion)44,800,000no change
Phenylpropanolamine (for sale)8,500,000no change
Pseudoephedrine (for conversion)7,000no change
Pseudoephedrine (for sale)224,500,000no change

The Acting Administrator further proposes that aggregate production quotas for all other schedule I and II controlled substances included in 21 CFR 1308.11 and 1308.12 remain at zero. In accordance with 21 CFR 1303.13 and 21 CFR 1315.13, upon consideration of the relevant factors, the Acting Administrator may further adjust the 2015 aggregate production quotas and assessment of annual needs as needed.

Comments

In accordance with 21 CFR 1303.13(c) and 1315.13(d), any interested person may submit written comments on or objections to these proposed determinations. Based on comments received in response to this notice, the Acting Administrator may hold a public hearing on one or more issues raised. 21 CFR 1303.13(c) and 1315.13(e). In the event the Acting Administrator decides to hold such a hearing, the Acting Administrator will publish a notice of the hearing in the Federal Register. After consideration of any comments or objections, or after a hearing, if one is held, the Acting Administrator will issue and publish in the Federal Register a final order establishing any adjustment of the 2015 aggregate production quota for each basic class of controlled substance and established assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine. 21 CFR 1303.13(c) and 1315.13(f).

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Dated: July 1, 2015.

Chuck Rosenberg,

Acting Administrator.

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