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Tougher law on Florida prescription regulations goes into effect July 1st; what you need to know
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The new law goes into effect on July 1st of this year, in less than two months. As a state of Florida's approved Counterfeit-
"Effective July 1, 2018, section 456.44, Florida Statutes, was amended to require health care practitioners who prescribe controlled substance to indicate directly on the prescription pad if the prescription is for the treatment of pain other than acute paid. The bill specifically states the prescriber must indicate "NONACUTE PAIN" on a prescription for an opioid drug listed as a Schedule II controlled substance or indicate "ACUTE PAIN EXCEPTION" if the prescription is for the treatment of acute pain with exceptions as specified in section 456.44, Florida Statutes.
To assist in the implementation of this bill, the State of Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Health Assurance created a sample prescription pad to include a place for health care practitioners to indicate "NONACUTE PAIN" or "ACUTE PAIN EXCEPTION" when appropriate.
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This new law makes it a crime for healthcare practitioners with a Florida license who are registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and are authorized to prescribe controlled substances to be in noncompliance. Furthermore, each person who is properly registered "shall complete a board-approved two-hour continuing education (CE) course on prescribing controlled substances. The Florida Medical Association (FMA) is authorized by HB 21 to provide this two-hour mandatory requirement for MDs and DOs."
For more information on this now-required continuing education course go to: https://flmedical.inreachce.com/
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CONTINUING EDUCATION: HB 21 requires that all certified prescribers must complete this Controlled Substance Prescribing course for the first time by no later than January 31, 2019. They will then be required to take the course again each time they renew their license with the DEA and the state of Florida, every two years.
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