The public health emergency (PHE) declared in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic expired on May 11, 2023. During the PHE, certain regulations were suspended which then allowed patients to be seen and to be prescribed non-controlled and controlled substances (Adderall, Xanax, Ritalin, etc.) via the Internet. Patients could be prescribed such medications after seeing a healthcare provider online. They were not required to have in-person visits during the PHE.
The updated regulations and previously suspended regulations regarding the prescribing of controlled substances via the Internet were scheduled to become effective on November 11, 2023. However, due to overwhelming public feedback the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) extended the date.
According to the latest information from the DEA, patients can continue receiving treatment online without the need for in-person doctor visits until December 31, 2024.