Apr 5, 2016 11:25 AM

NH considers extending opioid prescription rules for doctors


CONCORD — A public hearing will be held Wednesday to discuss permanent rules on doctors when it comes to prescribing opioids.

According to The Union-Leader, these new rules extend emergency rules that went into effect in November and are set to expire next month. The permanent rules set at benchmark of a 100 milligrams of morphine equivalent. If a chronic pain patient exceeds that dose on a daily basis, the physician must document why a specialist was or was not consulted.

The rules also require a physician to consult with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program when writing an initial prescription and then at least twice a year in most cases.

The proposed rules can be found at the Board of Medicine's website.

Written comment will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday at Sarah.Blodgett@nh.gov.


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