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§ 8-1102. Preferred and nonpreferred medications; patterns of prescribing medication; reporting...

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth--GeneralEffective: July 1, 2022

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health--General
Title 8. Substance Use Disorders Law (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 11. Opioid Addiction Treatment Prescribers (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2022
MD Code, Health - General, § 8-1102
§ 8-1102. Preferred and nonpreferred medications; patterns of prescribing medication; reporting system; outreach
Definitions
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Nonpreferred medication” means a medication prescribed to treat an opioid use disorder that contains methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone and is not on the State's preferred drug list.
(3) “Preferred medication” means a medication prescribed to treat an opioid use disorder that contains methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone and is on the State's preferred drug list.
In general
(b) The Department shall:
(1) Adopt a reporting system to monitor the prescribing of medications to treat opioid use disorders in the State, including which medications are being prescribed;
(2) Analyze patterns of prescribing medications in the State to identify prescribers who regularly prescribe nonpreferred medications, including a comparison of the patterns to the findings of the report submitted under subsection (d) of this section;
(3) Conduct outreach to individuals authorized to prescribe drugs and devices in the State using educational materials regarding the benefits of prescribing preferred medications; and
(4) Identify barriers to individuals who need medication to treat an opioid use disorder to obtaining the medication in a timely manner.
Annual reports
(c) On or before October 1 each year, beginning in 2023, the Department shall report on its findings and actions taken under subsection (b) of this section to the Governor and, in accordance with § 2-1257 of the State Government Article, the General Assembly.
Initial analysis
(d) On or before October 1, 2022, the Department shall submit a report with an initial analysis of the items listed under subsection (b) of this section to the Governor and, in accordance with § 2-1257 of the State Government Article, the General Assembly.

Credits

Added by Acts 2022, c. 82, § 1, eff. July 1, 2022; Acts 2022, c. 83, § 1, eff. July 1, 2022.
MD Code, Health - General, § 8-1102, MD HEALTH GEN § 8-1102
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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