- How to place an order
- To place an order complete our online order form. Submit your orders by Friday to be processed on Tuesday.
Purchase Request Form
Additional fees per order:
Vendor shipping and handling fees
Standard Service Fee $ 20.69 Schedule 2 $ 55.70 NIDA or Transferred Material $ 143.24
Some Schedule 2 materials have a manufacturing quota, requiring a 21-day hold prior to ship.
- Material not available through the CSP
- Pharmaceuticals or prescription drugs that are not controlled substances. For more information see section under pharmaceuticals
Buprenorphine SR this is a compounded items and can only be purchased with a veterinary license.
Schedule 1 materials- these must be purchased directly by the registrant.
Individual Registration Material- these are not managed by the CSP and must be purchased by the registrant
Transported- materials from another institution for temporary use
- Order Pickup
Order pickups are scheduled by appointment. We will notify you when your order ready for pickup. Only authorized personnel listed on your CSUA can pick up controlled substances.
Our service desk is in CHS, A6-060H.
The closet elevators to us are at the entrance to the School of Public Health off of Charles E. Young Drive, South.
- About Controlled Substances
- Controlled Substances are highly regulated and require a registration to purchase.
How to get a registration? Visit our page Individual DEA Registration
Learn more about controlled substances visit: What is a controlled substance?
- Controlled Substance from outside the U.S.
Vendors require a DEA import license in addition to a department registration to acquire material outside the United States (U.S.). In addition vendors have to comply with their country's associated regulations which may require additional permits, as a result, this process can take a few months. We only recommend this for one-time purchases and for material not available in the U.S
- Researchers with Individual Registrations
Researchers with individual DEA registration are responsible for setting up accounts and procuring their material. Vendors will request compliance documents to setup accounts.
For vendor information visit
- Drug Shortages
- Drug shortages can occur at any time and are caused by many factors some reasons include:
- Raw Materials 27%
- Quality Manufacturing Issues 37%
- Quality: Delays/Capacity 27%
- Loss of Manufacturing Site 2%
- Increased Demand 5%
- Discontinuation 2%
The FDA provides a list of current and resolved shortages reported to them:
Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA
Drug Shortage Infographic
FDA Drug Shortages | Additional News and Information
FDA Extended Use Dates to Assist with Drug Shortages
- Pharmaceuticals- The Controlled Substance Program is not able to purchase these materials.
to acquire these materials contact:
Pharmaceuticals are compounds manufactured for use as medicinal drugs (prescription, over-the-counter, or otherwise). Dangerous Device is a device or drug that is unsafe for self-medication and requires a prescription (Section 483, Dangerous Drug Act, of the Health and Safety Code). USP is a quality standard it establishes written and physical (reference) standards for medicines. These standards are used by regulatory agencies and manufacturers to help to ensure that these products are of the appropriate identity, as well as strength, quality, purity, and consistency.
California law does not require a physician prescription or a physician license on file for a wholesaler to supply dangerous drugs to a research laboratory. A wholesaler may furnish a dangerous drug to a laboratory without a physician’s prescription, as long as purchase records are maintained. (Cal. Bus. & Profs. Code 4059(b)). A “laboratory” is defined under Cal. Bus. & Profs. Code 4031 as “a research, teaching, or testing laboratory not engaged in the dispensing or furnishing of drugs or devices but using dangerous drugs … for scientific or teaching purposes.”
- Precursors (List 1 & 2) Chemicals
- Need to order a precursor
Visit: Precursor, List 1 & 2 Chemicals