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Congress Lifts 30-Patient Bupe Limit for Group Practices
    #4466867 - 07/29/05 12:53 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Congress Lifts 30-Patient Bupe Limit for Group Practices
7/28/05 intox.com

Congress has passed, by unanimous consent, a bill that amends the Controlled Substances Act and allows group medical practices to treat more than 30 patients with the anti-opiate medication buprenorphine.

The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA), which for the first time allowed the methadone alternative to be prescribed in doctor's offices, sought to cap the number of patients that could be treated by a single physician. However, the same 30-patient cap was applied to group medical practices, regardless of how many doctors were part of the group.

"Today's legislative action to amend DATA is a significant step forward for patients and their doctors," said Edwin A. Salsitz, M.D., of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. "The 30-patient group practice limit, though well-intentioned, proved to be a safeguard that carried the unintended consequence of limiting patient access to treatment. Today's milestone reflects some very positive developments. It underscores the value of treatment with Suboxone (a mix of buprenorphine and naloxone, formulated to prevent abuse of the drug) for patients with the disease of opioid dependence, and highlights the need for office-based medical treatment options in this disease state."

"This is important because millions of ordinary Americans who have been properly treated for pain become dependent on prescription opioid painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin," added a spokesperson for Cambridge, Mass.-based Feinstein Kean Healthcare. "Allowing group practices to treat more patients for opioid dependence, coupled with more doctors becoming certified to do so, will provide treatment to a much wider patient population."

Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which manufactures Suboxone, said the move by Congress "will allow every qualified doctor within a group medical practice to prescribe Suboxone up to his or her individual physician limit of 30 patients." Group medical practices include large institutions such as hospitals and health-maintenance organizations, a Reckitt press release noted.

The bill passed this week was filed in the Senate by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and in the House by Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.).


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Re: Congress Lifts 30-Patient Bupe Limit for Group Practices [Re: pshawny]
    #4467144 - 07/29/05 01:40 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Bupe has been around a few years in pill form but the 30 patient rule prevented it from being available to the drug addicts who needed it. The addiction clinics had to continue to provide methadone, which is highly addictive, produces the classic opiate high, with overdoses common. And doctors in private practice didn't want to open their practice to "druggies".

This is excellent news for people wanting to get off of the heroin (and other opiates) addiction cycle. Here is a drug that elimates cravings, doesn't produce a high, and is non-lethal, and can be taken at home. It's about time. Good story, pshawny.


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Re: Congress Lifts 30-Patient Bupe Limit for Group Practices [Re: pshawny]
    #4471537 - 07/29/05 11:07 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

A step in the right direction!


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Re: Congress Lifts 30-Patient Bupe Limit for Group Practices [Re: pshawny]
    #4510142 - 08/08/05 12:54 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Federal Bupe Law Cheered
8/8/05 intox.com

A new federal law that removes the 30-patient limit on buprenorphine treatment for group medical practices is winning raves from people with addictions and their care providers, the Boston Globe reported Aug. 7.

"I've been a [heroin] user for 20 years, and it's the only thing that's helped," said Elizabeth Fabiano, 38. "I don't know what it does to you, but you don't even think of [heroin] when you're on it. I've been on a waiting list since May. I can't wait to take it."

The new law should make it easier for hospitals and other group medical providers to provide buprenorphine -- an anti-opiate medication offered in pill form as an alternative to methadone -- and for addicts to get the drug. But health officials warn that it still will take time to pare down waiting lists and enroll more patients in treatment. Many practices still lack certified staff or the resources to manage outpatient opiate treatment.

"Until someone goes and gets trained, we'll have a 30-patient limit," said Jonathan Pincus, M.D., so far the only doctor at Codman Square Health Center to receive federal certification to prescribe buprenorphine.

"We sent out letters to all physicians to say if you're not prescribing, tell us why," said Michael Botticelli, assistant commissioner for substance-abuse services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. "I think there's a feeling among physicians that this population is not their current population. In some cases, there's denial that there might be opiod-based addicts in their practice. Also, they're not sure how to handle this from a counseling perspective."

But the law should have an immediate, positive impact at programs like Harvard Vanguard. "We actually have four certified physicians, so the practical effect of this is we immediately go from a capacity of 30 patients to a capacity of 120 patients," said Dr. Steve Adelman, a psychiatrist with the company.


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