Florida Legislature has taken active measures to control the Opioid epidemic with the enactment of House Bill 451 (HB451). House Bill 451 amends Florida Statute 456.44 Controlled substance prescribing.
The bill amends s. 456.44, F.S., to establish legislative findings that every competent adult has the right of self-determination regarding healthcare decisions, including the right to refuse treatment with a Schedule II opioid controlled substance.
The bill requires the Department of Health (DOH) to develop and publish on its website an educational pamphlet regarding the use of nonopioid alternatives for the treatment of pain. The pamphlet must include:
Additionally, the bill requires a health care practitioner, except a health care practitioner licensed under ch. 465, F.S., (the practice of pharmacy), prior to providing anesthesia or ordering, administering, dispensing or prescribing a Schedule II opioid drug to a patient in a nonemergency situation, to:
HB 451 becomes effective July 1st, 2019 and the recommended plan of action from Taino Consultants is as follows:
Discussed advantages and disadvantages of nonopioid alternatives with patient. Treatment alternatives discussed include but were not limited to nonopioid medicinal drugs or drug products, interventional procedures and/or treatments, acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, massage therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Patient was given Department of Health (DOH) brochure and questions about the same were addressed.
We do expect to see additional initiatives in the future but the key is to stay tuned to ensure these new efforts do not take you by surprise.