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VIRTUAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

PRESCRIBING ORDER EXTENDED

Governor DeSantis extended Florida's COVID-19 state of emergency declaration for 60 days (September 5, 2020). His previous Executive Order 20-52 expired today. Today's Executive Order 20-166 serves as the basis for much of the emergency action taken by Governor DeSantis and his state agencies to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.  The Executive Order encompasses several policy areas, including health care and business regulation.  The original order addresses the following: 

 
Controlled substances:  Family Physicians, APRN's, and PA's who are registered with the DEA as controlled substance prescriber's can issue prescription renewals, via telemedicine without a physical examination, ONLY for an existing patient for the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain.  Telehealth services may only be substituted for the physical examination.

Medical Marijuana:  Virtual re-certification is also allowed for existing patients who have been diagnosed with a qualified condition by physicians qualified by the Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU).
 
The executive order also addresses the ability for healthcare professionals, advanced life support professionals, and basic life support professionals, holding a valid license in another state, territory or district to provide these services in Florida during the COVID-19 crisis, yet must be conducted within their scope of practice. The FAFP will keep the membership updated on these and other orders as they are released.  Any questions, please email jmillson@fafp.org.      

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