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Quotas - 2015

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 130 (Wednesday, July 8, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39156-39160]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-16699]


DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Drug Enforcement Administration

[Docket No. DEA-418P]

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

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.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Posting of Public Comments

Please note that all comments received in response to this docket are considered part of the public record and will be made available for public inspection online at http://www.regulations.gov. Such information includes personal identifying information (such as your name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter.

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An electronic copy of this document is available at http://www.regulations.gov for easy reference.

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,

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and 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 class Established
2015 Quotas
(g)
Proposed
Adjusted 2015
Quotas
(g)
Schedule I
(1-Pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144) 15 25
[1-(5-Fluoro-pentyl)-1H-indol-3-yl](2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (XLR11) 15 25
[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazol-3-yl](naphthalen-1-yl)methanone (THJ–2201) 15 no change
1-(1,3-Benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-(methylamino)butan-1-one (butylone) 15 25
1-(1,3-Benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-(methylamino)pentan-1-one (pentylone) 15 25
1-(1-Phenylcyclohexyl)pyrrolidine 10 no change
1-(5-Fluoropentyl)-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (AM2201) 45 no change
1-(5-Fluoropentyl)-3-(2-iodobenzoyl)indole (AM694) 45 no change
1-[1-(2-Thienyl)cyclohexyl]piperidine 15 no change
1-[2-(4-Morpholinyl)ethyl]-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-200) 45 no change
1-Butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-073) 45 no change
1-Cyclohexylethyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole (SR-18 and RCS-8) 45 no change
1-Hexyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-019) 45 no change
1-Methyl-4-phenyl-4-propionoxypiperidine 2 no change
1-Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-018 and AM678) 45 no change
1-Pentyl-3-(2-chlorophenylacetyl)indole (JWH-203) 45 no change
1-Pentyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole (JWH-250) 45 no change
1-Pentyl-3-(4-chloro-1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-398) 45 no change
1-Pentyl-3-(4-methyl-1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-122) 45 no change
1-Pentyl-3-[(4-methoxy)-benzoyl]indole (SR-19, RCS-4) 45 no change
1-Pentyl-3-[1-(4-methoxynaphthoyl)]indole (JWH-081) 45 no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-n-propylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-P) 30 no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-ethylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-E) 30 no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-methylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-D) 30 no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-nitro-phenyl)ethanamine (2C-N) 30 no change
2-(2,5-Dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-H) 30 no change
2-(4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25B-NBOMe; 2C-B-NBOMe; 25B; Cimbi-36) 15 25
2-(4-Chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-C) 30 no change
2-(4-Chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25C-NBOMe; 2C-C-NBOMe; 25C; Cimbi-82) 15 25
2-(4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-I) 30 no change
2-(4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-methoxybenzyl)ethanamine (25I-NBOMe; 2C-I-NBOMe; 25I; Cimbi-5) 15 no change
2-(Methylamino)-1-phenylpentan-1-one (pentedrone) 15 no change
2,5-Dimethoxy-4-ethylamphetamine (DOET) 25 no change
2,5-Dimethoxy-4-n-propylthiophenethylamine 25 no change
2,5-Dimethoxyamphetamine 25 no change
2-[4-(Ethylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C-T-2) 30 no change
2-[4-(Isopropylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C-T-4) 30 no change
3,4,5-Trimethoxyamphetamine 25 no change
3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) 55 no change
3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) 50 no change
3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-ethylamphetamine (MDEA) 40 no change
3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-methylcathinone (methylone) 50 no change
3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) 35 no change
3-Fluoro-N-methylcathinone (3-FMC) 15 25
3-Methylfentanyl 2 no change
3-Methylthiofentanyl 2 no change
4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DOB) 25 no change
4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine (2-CB) 25 no change
4-Fluoro-N-methylcathinone (4-FMC) 15 25
4-Methoxyamphetamine 100 no change
4-Methyl-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DOM) 25 no change
4-Methylaminorex 25 no change
4-Methyl-N-ethylcathinone (4-MEC) 15 25
4-Methyl-N-methylcathinone (mephedrone) 45 no change
4-Methyl-α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (4-MePPP) 15 25
5-(1,1-Dimethylheptyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol 68 no change
5-(1,1-Dimethyloctyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol or CP-47,497 C8-homolog) 53 no change
5-Methoxy-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine 25 no change
5-Methoxy-N,N-diisopropyltryptamine 25 no change
5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine 25 no change
Acetyl-alpha-methylfentanyl 2 no change
Acetyldihydrocodeine 2 no change
Acetylmethadol 2 no change
Allylprodine 2 no change
Alphacetylmethadol 2 no change
alpha-Ethyltryptamine 25 no change
Alphameprodine 2 no change
Alphamethadol 2 no change
alpha-Methylfentanyl 2 no change
alpha-Methylthiofentanyl 2 no change
alpha-Methyltryptamine (AMT) 25 no change
alpha-Pyrrolidinobutiophenone (α-PBP) 15 25
alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP) 15 25
Aminorex 25 no change
Benzylmorphine 2 no change
Betacetylmethadol 2 no change
beta-Hydroxy-3-methylfentanyl 2 no change
beta-Hydroxyfentanyl 2 no change
Betameprodine 2 no change
Betamethadol 4 no change
Betaprodine 2 no change
Bufotenine 3 no change
Cathinone 70 no change
Codeine methylbromide 5 no change
Codeine-N-oxide 305 no change
Desomorphine 5 25
Diethyltryptamine 25 no change
Difenoxin 11,000 no change
Dihydromorphine 3,990,000 no change
Dimethyltryptamine 35 no change
Dipipanone 5 no change
Fenethylline 5 no change
gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid 70,250,000 no change
Heroin 25 50
Hydromorphinol 2 no change
Hydroxypethidine 2 no change
Ibogaine 5 no change
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) 35 no change
Marihuana 658,000 no change
Mescaline 25 no change
Methaqualone 10 no change
Methcathinone 25 no change
Methyldesorphine 5 no change
Methyldihydromorphine 2 no change
Morphine methylbromide 5 no change
Morphine methylsulfonate 5 no change
Morphine-N-oxide 350 no change
N-(1-Adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AKB48) 15 25
N-(1-Amino-3,3-dimethyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (ADB-PINACA) 15 25
N-(1-Amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(4-fluorobenzyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-FUBINACA) 15 25
N-(1-Amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-CHMINACA) 15 no change
N-(1-Amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-PINACA) 15 no change
N,N-Dimethylamphetamine 25 no change
Naphthylpyrovalerone (naphyrone) 15 25
N-Benzylpiperazine 25 no change
N-Ethyl-1-phenylcyclohexylamine 5 no change
N-Ethylamphetamine 24 no change
N-Hydroxy-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine 24 no change
Noracymethadol 2 no change
Norlevorphanol 52 no change
Normethadone 2 no change
Normorphine 18 40
Para-fluorofentanyl zero 5
Parahexyl zero 5
Phenomorphan 2 no change
Pholcodine zero 5
Psilocybin 30 no change
Psilocyn 30 no change
Quinolin-8-yl 1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indole-3-carboxylate (5-fluoro-PB-22; 5F-PB-22) 15 25
Quinolin-8-yl 1-pentyl-1H-indole-3-carboxylate (PB-22; QUPIC) 15 25
Tetrahydrocannabinols 497,500 511,250
Thiofentanyl 2 no change
Tilidine 10 25
Trimeperidine 2 no change
Schedule II
1-Phenylcyclohexylamine 5 no change
1-Piperidinocyclohexanecarbonitrile 5 no change
4-Anilino-N-phenethyl-4-piperidine (ANPP) 2,687,500 no change
Alfentanil 17,750 no change
Alphaprodine 3 no change
Amobarbital 25,125 no change
Amphetamine (for conversion) 21,875,000 no change
Amphetamine (for sale) 37,500,000 no change
Carfentanil 19 no change
Cocaine 275,000 no change
Codeine (for conversion) 50,000,000 no change
Codeine (for sale) 49,500,000 63,900,000
Dextropropoxyphene 19 45
Dihydrocodeine 226,375 no change
Diphenoxylate (for conversion) 75,000 no change
Diphenoxylate (for sale) 1,337,500 no change
Ecgonine 174,375 no change
Ethylmorphine 3 no change
Fentanyl 2,150,000 2,300,000
Glutethimide 3 no change
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 137,500 no change
Hydrocodone (for sale) 99,625,000 no change
Hydromorphone 7,000,000 no change
Isomethadone 5 no change
Levo-alphacetylmethadol (LAAM) 4 no change
Levomethorphan 5 30
Levorphanol 7,125 no change
Lisdexamfetamine 29,750,000 no change
Meperidine 6,250,000 no change
Meperidine Intermediate-A 6 no change
Meperidine Intermediate-B 11 32
Meperidine Intermediate-C 6 no change
Metazocine 19 no change
Methadone (for sale) 31,875,000 no change
Methadone Intermediate 34,375,000 no change
Methamphetamine 2,061,375 no 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)]
Methylphenidate 83,750,000 87,500,000
Morphine (for conversion) 91,250,000 no change
Morphine (for sale) 62,500,000 no change
Nabilone 18,750 no change
Noroxymorphone (for conversion) 17,500,000 no change
Noroxymorphone (for sale) 1,475,000 no change
Opium (powder) 112,500 no change
Opium (tincture) 687,500 no change
Oripavine 35,000,000 no change
Oxycodone (for conversion) 8,350,000 no change
Oxycodone (for sale) 137,500,000 139,150,000
Oxymorphone (for conversion) 29,000,000 no change
Oxymorphone (for sale) 7,750,000 no change
Pentobarbital 35,000,000 no change
Phenazocine 6 no change
Phencyclidine 19 38
Phenmetrazine 3 no change
Phenylacetone 9,375,000 no change
Racemethorphan 3 no change
Remifentanil 3,750 4,200
Secobarbital 215,003 no change
Sufentanil 6,255 no change
Tapentadol 12,500,000 no change
Thebaine 125,000,000 no change
List I Chemicals
Ephedrine (for conversion) 1,000,000 no change
Ephedrine (for sale) 4,000,000 no change
Phenylpropanolamine (for conversion) 44,800,000 no change
Phenylpropanolamine (for sale) 8,500,000 no change
Pseudoephedrine (for conversion) 7,000 no change
Pseudoephedrine (for sale) 224,500,000 no change

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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).

Dated: July 1, 2015.

Chuck Rosenberg,
Acting Administrator.

[FR Doc. 2015-16699 Filed 7-7-15; 8:45 am]

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