EFFECTIVE June 22nd: New Legislation Enacted to Limit Initial Opioid Prescribing to a 7 Day Supply
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
EFFECTIVE JUNE 22nd, 2016: New Legislation Enacted to Limit Initial Opioid Prescribing to a 7 Day Supply for Acute Pain
TO FURTHER REDUCE OVERPRESCRIBING OF OPIOID MEDICATIONS, EFFECTIVE JULY 22, 2016, INITIAL OPIOID PRESCRIBING FOR ACUTE PAIN IS LIMITED TO A 7 DAY SUPPLY PER NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW SECTION 3331, 5. (b), (c). A practitioner may not initially prescribe more than a 7-day supply of an opioid medication for acute pain. Acute pain is defined as pain, whether resulting from disease, accidental or intentional trauma, or other cause, that the practitioner reasonably expects to last only a short period of time. This rule SHALL NOT include prescribing for chronic pain, pain being treated as a part of cancer care, hospice or other end-of-life care, or pain being treated as part of palliative care practices. Upon any subsequent consultations for the same pain, the practitioner may issue, in accordance with existing rules and regulations, any appropriate renewal, refill, or new prescription for an opioid.
Although pharmacists should continue to use all of the tools at their disposal when dispensing opioid prescriptions, pharmacists are NOT required to verify with the prescriber whether an opioid prescription written for greater than a 7-day supply is in accordance with the above-referenced statutory requirements. Pharmacists may continue to dispense opioids as prescribed, consistent with current laws, regulations, and Medicaid policies.
See DOH Guidance in PSSNY's Pharmacy Resources for more information.