When buprenorphine was first approved by the FDA in October 2003, few pharmacies consistently kept the medication in stock and thus many physicians kept a supply of tablets on hand and dispensed them from their office. In-office buprenorphine dispensing is still a legal practice under DATA 2000.

However, physicians who wish to dispense buprenorphine from their office must adhere to strict federal recordkeeping guidelines.

The following records must be maintained for 2 years:

  • Inventories, including amounts of buprenorphine received and amounts dispensed
  • Reports of theft or loss
  • Destruction of controlled drugs
  • Records of dispensing

Additionally, the buprenorphine tablets must be stored in a secure, locked cabinet. Note that physicians who have their patients get their prescription filled at a pharmacy and return to the office for induction are NOT subject to the same recordkeeping guidelines as physicians who store and dispense the tablets in-office.



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This page links to the full text, summary, and physician waiver requirements under DATA 2000.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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This log can be used to keep track of office inventories of buprenorphine medication.
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California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM)
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