It's no secret that that the State of Opioids in California and elsewhere is a mess. In 1999 the Orgeon medical board sought to discipline a physician because it was claimed that he hadn't prescribed enough pain medicine. In 2001 the State of California made page one of The Washington Post when a patient's family sued because they said the doctor hadn't prescribed enough pain medicine. Now the shoe is on the other foot and doctors everywhere are beleagured for prescribing opioids to relieve pain. Comes now to the mini-partial rescue, Dr. Arambula, whose bill would allow pharmacists as of 07/01/18 to dispense Schedule II controlled substances as a partial refill if asked to do so by the patient or the prescriber. As of this writing the bill is on the Senate Floor where it is being sponsored by the CMA and guided by Alecia Sanchez from CMA's legislative office. This publication favors the bill -- a phone call or fax from you to your state senator advising an aye vote is our recommendation.
The matter will not be settled by this vote. It will continue to be an issue and will be the CME topic for the Union of American Physicians and Dentists at their meeting on October 28th (Marriott, Los Angeles airport). Contact UAPD for more information.
Late Flash: AB 1048 cleared the state senate on 09/13/17, by 40 to zero. On 9/15/17 it was designated as "enrolled."
Updating: AB 1048 is now on the Governor's desk according to the CMA Hot Lists dated 9/29/17 and 10/03/17 (that means the bill awaits the governor's signature). Phone calls, faxes, or e-mails intended to influence this legislation should go directly to the governor's office, 916-445-2841, 916-558-3160 (fax), or www.gov.ca.gov
"Opioid prescribing and panic," WORKCOMPCENTRAL, 08/15/17
See previous post this date (9-11-17) for current status of MOC and how ABMS boards profit from it (at members' expense, of course).