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New laws for prescribing controlled substances in Michigan: Are you ready?

By Daniel Ferris and Kathleen Westfall
March 14, 2018

In an effort to further combat prescription drug and opioid addiction, the Michigan legislature recently enacted new legislation affecting the prescribing of controlled substances by physicians and other licensed prescribers. These new laws are intended to help improve education on the dangers of opioid abuse, increase monitoring of a patient’s drug history, and establish follow-up care as part of an existing prescriber-patient relationship before a prescription for a controlled substance is issued.

It is important that physicians and other licensed prescribers are aware of the new laws and when they become effective, in addition to existing state and federal laws and rules regulating the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. A physician or other licensed prescriber who fails to comply may be subject to licensing disciplinary action and other consequences, particularly in light of increased enforcement action by state and federal agencies.

Download our white paper "New laws for prescribing controlled substances in Michigan: Are you ready?," including "Fast Facts" timeline of new prescribing laws by effective date.

Daniel J. Ferris represents corporations and individuals involved in health care. He assists physicians and their practices with a wide range of issues including business disputes, employment/no compete agreements, licensing matters, medical malpractice litigation, and regulatory compliance. Dan serves as Co-Chair of the Professional Liability & Health Care Section of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” (no more than 2.5% of lawyers practicing in the State of Michigan receive this distinction).

Kathleen A. Westfall maintains a business law practice focused in the areas of health care law, insurance, and securities. In her health care law practice, Kathleen frequently advises health care providers and medical groups regarding compliance with licensing and other state and federal laws and regulations. She also assists health care clients in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating various contractual agreements, as well as reviewing and developing patient forms and notices for use within health care practices.

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