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Clinical Practice For Opioid Prescribing

Concerning clinical practice measures for safer opioid prescribing.
2018 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee. The bill restricts the number of opioid pills that a health care practitioner, including physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, and veterinarians, may prescribe for an initial prescription to a 7-day supply and one refill for a 7-day supply, with certain exceptions. The bill clarifies that a health care practitioner may electronically prescribe opioids.

Current law allows health care practitioners and other individuals to query the prescription drug monitoring program (program). The bill requires health care practitioners to query the program before prescribing the first refill prescription for an opioid except under specified circumstances, and requires the practitioner to indicate his or her specialty or practice area upon the initial query.

The bill requires the department of public health and environment to report to the general assembly its results from studies regarding the prescription drug monitoring program integration methods and health care provider report cards.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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