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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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Physicians managing patients with opioid use disorder can now prescribe buprenorphine to new or existing patients based on telephone visit as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, thanks to new flexibility announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).The new guidance allows physicians and other health care providers who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder to issue these prescriptions to new and existing patients based o...
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For as long as HHS maintains their public health emergency designation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioners may issue prescriptions for all schedule II-V controlled substances to patients for whom they have not conducted an in-person medical evaluation, provided all conditions are met.
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Prescribing medication for patients is one of the most common therapeutic acts in which physicians engage. Proper prescribing relieves symptoms and helps to cure disease. Careless and excessive prescribing, on the other hand, is likely to cause problems for the patient as well as the physician.
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