On December 18, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued two executive orders regarding the opioid epidemic. As one result, by March 1, the organization that provides insurance for the state’s public employees will voluntarily adopt a five-day limitation on initial opioid prescriptions for acute and post-operative needs.
The executive orders do not restrict the prescriptive authority of any provider authorized to prescribe controlled substances and do not impact prescriptions for the treatment of chronic pain. Further, the executive orders do not prohibit a provider from prescribing a refill of the initial five-day supply; however, providers should carefully evaluate whether non-opioid alternatives may better serve the patient’s needs when considering a refill.
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