Can you be fined and have action taken against your license for following CMS Opioid guidelines? According to Modern Medicine Network, you can: "In a recent case, the New Hampshire Board of Medicine investigated a physician who is board certified in pain management and anesthesiology after cutting back a chronic pain patient’s prescription opioid painkillers. The patient had been on a dosage of 80 mg of OxyContin twice daily and 30 mg of oxycodone four times a day for many years. … [Read more...] about CMS Opioid Guidelines: A Catch 22?
The Oklahoma Attorney General has sued three drugmakers in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit alleging that they contributed to "the opioid abuse and overdose epidemic in the state." The drugmakers requested a continuance from a May 2019 trial setting based on the state's delay in providing 1.6 million pages of records critical to one of the defendant's defense. The court has denied the request to continue the case to a later date. … [Read more...] about Oklahoma Attorney General’s Opioid Epidemic Case Not Continued
In August 2018, Illinois passed the Alternative to Opioids Act of 2018, allowing a treating physician to refer a patient to the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program to avoid prescribing of opioids for conditions and to allow the use of medical cannabis instead. The pilot program starts at the end of January and medical cannabis dispensaries are gearing up for it by increasing infrastructure and workforce numbers. Training is a big part of the preparation: Staff at Green Thumb … [Read more...] about Opioid Alternative Pilot Program Offering Access to Medical Marijuana Progressing in Illinois