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Employment Waivers

Question: How do I submit a waiver request to hire a prospective employee who has a prior controlled substances felony conviction, or has had a DEA registration application denied, revoked, or surrendered for cause?

Answer: See Pharmacist’s Manual (revised 2020). EO-DEA199, March 17, 2021

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