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Nov 27 2017

Updated STOP Act FAQs

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NCMB has added additional questions and answers about the state’s new opioids law, the STOP Act of 2017, to the FAQs document available on the Board’s website: www.ncmedboard.org/safeopioids.

New additions to the list include:
  • Information about NCMB’s definition of “consultation” between a PA or NP and his or her supervisor prior to prescribing Schedule II/III opioids (see article)

  • Clarification as to whether a primary care practice that offers pain management as part of a full spectrum of primary care services is considered a “pain clinic”

  • Guidance on how limits on initial prescriptions for acute pain apply when the patient being treated for acute pain is also a chronic pain patient.

  • Have a question about the new law? Send it to forum@ncmedboard.org. We’ll take a look and determine if it should be added to our FAQs.

    Reminder: Limits on initial prescriptions for acute and post-operative pain (no more than five days or seven days, respectively) will be in effect January 1.

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