What Does Florida's New Opioid Legislation Mean for Your Practice? Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:09

Responding to the spike in opioid-related overdoses and fatalities, the Florida Legislature has passed a bill (HB 21) that institutes limits on the prescribing of opioids, as well as increases funding for treatment. The new legislation mandates that most initial prescriptions would have a limit of three days for Schedule II painkillers such as Oxycontin and Fentanyl. However, physicians would be permitted to prescribe up to seven days for acute pain exceptions. Under the exception, the prescriber must "adequately document in the patient's medical records the acute medical condition and lack of alternative treatment options that justify deviation from the 3 day supply limit." There are no medication limits for trauma cases, chronic pain, cancer and palliative care. Physicians will be required to take a two-hour, board approved continuing medical education course on prescribing controlled substances. They, or staff members, also would be required to check with a statewide database before prescribing or dispensing these drugs.

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