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Virginia Regulations Governing Prescribing of Opioids

02/22/2019

Abuse of prescription and nonprescription opioids has spiraled out of control, claiming the life of two Virginians every day. Following 2017 legislation by the General Assembly to address the crisis, the Virginia Board of Medicine finalized regulations governing the prescribing of opioids and buprenorphine (Suboxone) in August 2018. The final regulations tighten even further how and when a practitioner may prescribe these drugs. Of note is that the regulations are focused on out-patient care. They do not apply to patients receiving pain treatment for cancer, sickle cell, hospice or palliative care. Attorneys representing physicians should alert them that these regulations are likely to be an enforcement priority.

Read the full article in Virginia Lawyer Magazine here.

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