This policy is intended to assist manufacturers and/or distributors of prescription pharmaceuticals to ascertain whether they need to obtain a controlled substances registration from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Such a controlled substances registration would be required under Massachusetts law and regulation (M.G.L. c. 94C and 105 CMR 700.000) if a company were to manufacture, distribute or dispense a controlled substance in the Commonwealth, or possess a controlled substance with the intent of manufacturing, distributing or dispensing. Please note that in accordance with Massachusetts law the term "controlled substance" denotes any prescription pharmaceutical (i.e., either a federally controlled substance or a "legend" drug).

If you are a manufacturer and/or a distributor in Massachusetts and your company does not manufacture, dispense or distribute a controlled substance within the Commonwealth, or possess a controlled substance for such purposes your company does not need, and has no basis for obtaining, a controlled substances registration from Massachusetts.

If you are a manufacturer and/or a distributor outside of Massachusetts and your company does not manufacture, dispense or distribute a controlled substance within the Commonwealth, or possess a controlled substance in the Commonwealth for such purposes your company does not need, and has no basis for obtaining, a controlled substances registration from Massachusetts.

Thus, for example, a manufacturer or distributor of a prescription pharmaceutical is not required to register if manufacture, storage and distribution of the pharmaceutical is handled from outside the state and the only activity within Massachusetts is direct delivery to a registered entity in the state.

If you have any questions regarding this policy please contact the Drug Control Program at 617-983-6700.


This information is provided by the Drug Control Program within the Department of Public Health.