Maine Revised Statutes

§4878. Requirements regarding prescription of opioid medication

1. Limits on opioid medication prescribing.   A veterinarian licensed under this chapter whose scope of practice includes prescribing opioid medication to an animal is subject to the requirements of the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program established under Title 22, chapter 1603, except that Title 22, section 7254 does not apply.
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2. Electronic prescribing.   A veterinarian licensed under this chapter whose scope of practice includes prescribing opioid medication and who has the capability to electronically prescribe shall prescribe all opioid medication electronically by July 1, 2017. A veterinarian who does not have the capability to electronically prescribe must request a waiver from this requirement from the Commissioner of Health and Human Services stating the reasons for the lack of capability, the availability of broadband infrastructure and a plan for developing the ability to electronically prescribe opioid medication. The commissioner may grant a waiver for circumstances in which exceptions are appropriate, including prescribing outside of the individual's usual place of business and technological failures.
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3. Continuing education.   By December 31, 2017, a veterinarian who prescribes opioid medication must successfully complete 3 hours of continuing education every 2 years on the prescription of opioid medication as a condition of prescribing opioid medication. The board shall adopt rules to implement this subsection. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
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4. Penalties.   A veterinarian who violates this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of $250 per violation, not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year, may be adjudged. The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for the enforcement of this section.
[ 2015, c. 488, §27 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2015, c. 488, §27 (NEW).