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Opioid Guidelines Proposed Via Formal Rule-Making

By J. Todd Foster (Reporter)

Friday, December 22, 2017 | 840 | 0 | 0 min read

The North Carolina Industrial Commission formally proposed opioid-prescribing guidelines incorporating few, if any, substantive changes over the draft proposal issued last month. The proposed guidelines would limit daily dosages for acute pain to a 50-milligram morphine equivalent dose for initial prescriptions, not to exceed a five-day supply. Initial prescriptions of any targeted controlled substance for post-operative pain would be limited to a seven-day supply. Health care providers would be prohibited from prescribing fentanyl, benzodiazepines and the potent muscle relaxer carisoprodol...

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