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Bill Proposes Seven-Day Limit on Initial Opioid Prescriptions

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 734 | 0 | 11 min read

Alaska physicians could face disciplinary action for prescribing more than a seven-day supply of opioids to patients, under a recently amended bill. Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, on Monday adopted amendments to House Bill 344 that would allow the Alaska State Medical Board to sanction doctors who prescribe or dispense an opiate painkiller in excess of the maximum dosages authorized under another section of the bill. The measure would add a new statute prohibiting a provider from issuing an initial prescription for an opioid in an amount that exceeds a seven-day supply.  A doctor could exc...

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