CHAPTER 420c
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE REGISTRATION

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Sec. 21a-319. (Formerly Sec. 19-504n). Professional or institutional approval to precede registration.
Sec. 21a-320. (Formerly Sec. 19-504o). Public interest standard for registration.
Sec. 21a-322. (Formerly Sec. 19-504q). Grounds for disciplinary action. Civil penalty.

      Sec. 21a-319. (Formerly Sec. 19-504n). Professional or institutional approval to precede registration. No certificate of registration shall be issued, maintained or renewed under this chapter unless or until the applicant has furnished proof satisfactory to the Commissioner of Consumer Protection that he or she is licensed or duly authorized to practice his or her profession by the appropriate state licensing board, commission or registration agency; or, in the case of a hospital or other institution, by the appropriate state agency having jurisdiction over the licensure, registration or approval of such establishment.

      (P.A. 77-485, S. 4, 13; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 11-121, S. 5.)

      History: Sec. 19-504n transferred to Sec. 21a-319 in 1983; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner of Consumer Protection with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 11-121 added "maintained or renewed" re certificate, effective January 1, 2012.

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      Sec. 21a-320. (Formerly Sec. 19-504o). Public interest standard for registration. The commissioner shall register an applicant unless he or she determines that the issuance of such registration is inconsistent with the public interest. In determining the public interest, the commissioner shall consider the following factors:

      (1) Maintenance of effective controls against diversion of controlled substances into other than duly authorized legitimate medical, scientific, or commercial channels;

      (2) Compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations concerning controlled substances;

      (3) Any conviction of the applicant under any state or federal law relating to controlled substances;

      (4) Furnishing by the applicant of false or fraudulent information or material in any application filed under this chapter;

      (5) Expiration, suspension, revocation, surrender or denial of the practitioner's federal controlled substance registration;

      (6) Prescribing, distributing, administering or dispensing of controlled substances in schedules other than those specified in the practitioner's state or federal registration; and

      (7) Suspension, revocation, expiration or surrender of, or other disciplinary action taken against, any professional license or registration held by the practitioner.

      (P.A. 77-485, S. 6, 13; P.A. 11-121, S. 6.)

      History: Sec. 19-504o transferred to Sec. 21a-320 in 1983 and alphabetic Subdiv. indicators replaced with numeric indicators for consistency with general practice throughout general statutes; P.A. 11-121 added Subdiv. (7) re disciplinary action taken against professional license or registration held by practitioner, effective January 1, 2012.

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      Sec. 21a-322. (Formerly Sec. 19-504q). Grounds for disciplinary action. Civil penalty. The commissioner may suspend, revoke or refuse to renew a registration, place a registration on probation, place conditions on a registration and assess a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars per violation of this chapter, for sufficient cause. Any of the following shall be sufficient cause for such action by the commissioner: (1) The furnishing of false or fraudulent information in any application filed under this chapter; (2) conviction of a crime under any state or federal law relating to the registrant's profession, controlled substances or drugs or fraudulent practices, including, but not limited to, fraudulent billing practices; (3) failure to maintain effective controls against diversion of controlled substances into other than duly authorized legitimate medical, scientific, or commercial channels; (4) the suspension, revocation, expiration or surrender of the practitioner's federal controlled substance registration; (5) prescribing, distributing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance in schedules other than those specified in the practitioner's state or federal registration or in violation of any condition placed on the practitioner's registration; (6) suspension, revocation, expiration, surrender or other disciplinary action taken against any professional license or registration held by the practitioner; (7) abuse or excessive use of drugs; (8) possession, use, prescription for use or distribution of controlled substances or legend drugs, except for therapeutic or other proper medical or scientific purpose; (9) a practitioner's failure to account for disposition of controlled substances as determined by an audit of the receipt and disposition records of said practitioner; and (10) failure to keep records of medical evaluations of patients and all controlled substances dispensed, administered or prescribed to patients by a practitioner.

      (P.A. 77-485, S. 8, 13; P.A. 82-355, S. 6; P.A. 85-275, S. 1; P.A. 07-252, S. 75; P.A. 11-121, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 82-355 added new Subdiv. permitting disciplinary action against practitioner who fails to account for disposition of controlled substances; Sec. 19-504q transferred to Sec. 21a-322 in 1983 and alphabetic Subdiv. indicators replaced with numeric indicators for consistency with general practice throughout general statutes; P.A. 85-275 authorized the commissioner of consumer protection to refuse to renew a registration for sufficient cause; P.A. 07-252 expanded disciplinary actions available to commissioner for enforcement of registration provisions, authorized civil penalty of not more than $1,000 per violation, amended Subdivs. (2) and (5) to expand grounds for disciplinary action thereunder and added Subdiv. (10) re disciplinary action for failure to keep records of patient medical evaluations and controlled substances; P.A. 11-121 amended Subdiv. (6) by replacing former provision with "suspension, revocation, expiration, surrender or other disciplinary action taken against any professional license or registration held by the practitioner", effective January 1, 2012.

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