New regulations in Virginia have established new requirements for the prescription and management of acute and chronic pain using opioids and buprenorphine. Among the regulations are requirements that prescribers do the following:
- Consider non-pharmacologic and non-opioid options for treatment of acute pain before prescribing opioids
- Begin acute pain treatment with short-acting opioids
- Follow specific requirements for medical records-keeping
- Routinely review prescriptions for chronic pain patients
The full text of the regulations is available here.
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