Bloomberg Law
Feb. 25, 2023, 1:44 AM

US to Limit Telehealth Prescriptions to Fight Opioid Addiction

Shiyin Chen
Shiyin Chen
Bloomberg Editorial

US regulators are proposing limits on telehealth prescriptions of certain medications to combat the country’s growing opioid crisis.

Patients will be required to attend at least one in-person consultation to obtain prescriptions of controlled medications such as the painkillers Oxycodone and Vicodin, as well as Adderall and Ritalin — used to treat attention deficit disorder, according to new rules proposed by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rules were eased during the Covid-19 pandemic, effectively allowing doctors to prescribe even the most-addictive drugs to patients they have never met in person. The new proposal marks an effort by the Biden administration to ...

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