Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice.
Notice with request for comments.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposes to establish the 2017 aggregate production quotas for controlled substances in schedules I and II of the Controlled Substances Act and assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.
Interested persons may file written comments on this notice in accordance with 21 CFR 1303.11(c) and 1315.11(d). Electronic comments must be submitted, and written comments must be postmarked, on or before August 22, 2016. 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.
Based on comments received in response to this notice, the Administrator may hold a public hearing on one or more issues raised. In the event the Administrator decides in his sole discretion to hold such a hearing, the Administrator will publish a notice of any such hearing in the Federal Register. After consideration of any comments or objections, or after a hearing, if one is held, the Administrator will publish in the Federal Register a final order establishing the 2017 aggregate production quotas for schedule I and II controlled substances, and an assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.
To ensure proper handling of comments, please reference “Docket No. DEA-443N” 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/ODW, 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152.
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Michael J. Lewis, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration; Mailing Address: 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152, Telephone: (202) 598-6812.
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Section 306 of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. 826) requires the Attorney General to 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. The Attorney General has delegated this function to the Administrator of the DEA pursuant to 28 CFR 0.100.
Analysis for Proposed 2017 Aggregate Production Quotas and Assessment of Annual Needs
The proposed year 2017 aggregate production quotas and assessment of annual needs represent those quantities of schedule I and II controlled substances, and the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine, to be manufactured in the United States in 2017 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 include imports of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine, but do not include imports of controlled substances for use in industrial processes.
In determining the proposed 2017 aggregate production quotas and assessment of annual needs, the Acting Administrator has taken into account the criteria pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 826(a) and in accordance with 21 CFR 1303.11 (aggregate production quotas for controlled substances) and 21 CFR 1315.11 (assessment of annual needs for ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine). The DEA proposes the aggregate production quotas and assessment of annual needs for 2017 by considering: (1) Total net disposal of each class or chemical by all manufacturers and chemical importers during the current and two preceding years; (2) trends in the national rate of net disposal of the class or chemical; (3) total actual (or estimated) inventories of the class or chemical and of all substances manufactured from the class or chemical, and trends in inventory accumulation; (4) projected demand for each class or chemical as indicated by procurement and import quotas requested in accordance with 21 CFR 1303.12, 1315.32, and 1315.34; and (5) other factors affecting medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States and lawful export requirements, as the Acting Administrator finds relevant. These quotas do not include imports of controlled substances for use in industrial processes.
Other factors the Acting Administrator 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 2017 assessment of annual needs, the DEA used the calculation methodology previously described in the 2010 and 2011 assessment of annual needs (74 FR 60294, Nov. 20, 2009, and 75 FR 79407, Dec. 20, 2010, respectively).
During the calendar years 2013-2016, the DEA included an additional 25% of the estimated medical, scientific, and research needs for the United States as part of the amount necessary to ensure the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks for all schedule II aggregate production quotas, and certain schedule I aggregate production quotas (difenoxin, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, and tetrahydrocannabinols). Based on interagency discussions beginning in November 2015, and after reviewing all relevant quota applications received, published FDA drug shortage lists, and subsequent reports required under 21 U.S.C. 826a for those calendar years, the Acting Administrator has determined that inclusion of the additional 25% of the estimated medical, scientific, and research needs for the United States is unnecessary. Instead, the Acting Administrator determined that 21 U.S.C. 826(c) and 21 U.S.C. 952(a)(2)(A) provide sufficient ability for the DEA to mitigate adverse public effects should a natural disaster or other unforeseen event result in substantial disruption to the amount of controlled substances available for legitimate public need. As such, DEA proposes to remove the additional 25% from the aggregate production quotas. The resulting proposed established aggregate production quotas reflect these reduced amounts.
The Acting Administrator, therefore, proposes to establish the 2017 aggregate production quotas for certain schedule I and II controlled substances and assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine, expressed in grams of anhydrous acid or base, as follows:
|Basic class||Proposed 2017 quotas (g)|
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|1-Cyclohexylethyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole (SR-18 and RCS-8)||45|
|1-Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-018 and AM678)||35|
|1-Pentyl-3-[(4-methoxy)-benzoyl]indole (SR-19, RCS-4)||30|
|2-(4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25B-NBOMe; 2C-B-NBOMe; 25B; Cimbi-36)||25|
|2-(4-Chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25C-NBOMe; 2C-C-NBOMe; 25C; Cimbi-82)||25|
|2-(4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25I-NBOMe; 2C-I-NBOMe; 25I; Cimbi-5)||5|
|5-(1,1-Dimethyloctyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol or CP-47,497 C8-homolog)||40|
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|Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)||10|
|N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)-N-phenylacetamide (acetyl fentanyl)||100|
|Quinolin-8-yl 1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indole-3-carboxylate (5-fluoro-PB-22; 5F-PB-22)||20|
|Quinolin-8-yl 1-pentyl-1H-indole-3-carboxylate (PB-22; QUPIC)||20|
|Amphetamine (for conversion)||9,000,000|
|Amphetamine (for sale)||37,500,000|
|Codeine (for conversion)||40,000,000|
|Codeine (for sale)||45,000,000|
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|Diphenoxylate (for conversion)||15,000|
|Diphenoxylate (for sale)||820,000|
|Hydrocodone (for conversion)||122,000|
|Hydrocodone (for sale)||58,410,000|
|Methadone (for sale)||23,700,000|
|[900,000 grams of levo-desoxyephedrine for use in a non-controlled, non-prescription product; 600,000 grams for methamphetamine mostly for conversion to a schedule III product; and 39,100 grams for methamphetamine (for sale)]|
|Morphine (for conversion)||27,300,000|
|Morphine (for sale)||41,000,000|
|Noroxymorphone (for conversion)||17,700,000|
|Noroxymorphone (for sale)||400,000|
|Oxycodone (for conversion)||2,610,000|
|Oxycodone (for sale)||108,510,000|
|Oxymorphone (for conversion)||22,300,000|
|Oxymorphone (for sale)||4,200,000|
|List I Chemicals|
|Ephedrine (for conversion)||50,000|
|Ephedrine (for sale)||4,100,000|
|Phenylpropanolamine (for conversion)||15,000,000|
|Phenylpropanolamine (for sale)||8,500,000|
|Pseudoephedrine (for sale)||200,000,000|
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 adjust the 2017 aggregate production quotas and assessment of annual needs as needed.
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 the Start Printed Page 478262017 aggregate production quota for controlled substances in schedules I and II and establishing an assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine, 21 CFR 1303.11(c) and 1315.11(f).
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Dated: July 14, 2016.
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