General Information


February 21, 2018
Proposed Changes to Prescribing Regulations

At the February 2018 meeting of the Arkansas State Medical Board, numerous public comments were taken regarding proposed changes to Regulation 2. Based on some of those comments, it was determined that some physicians may have misinterpreted the proposed definition of excessive and may be telling patients the Arkansas State Medical Board no longer allows physicians to prescribe certain controlled substances. This is not the case.

The proposed changes do not require that physicians cease prescribing controlled substances. As with any prescription, there must be a documented, detailed medical justification for the prescription in the patient record. For those cases with the documented, detailed medical justification and for which the prescription is written for chronic pain, the change in Regulation 2 would adopt the CDC guidelines limiting the prescription to less than 50 Morphine Milligram Equivalents per day unless the physician documents certain findings in the file. Those findings are delineated in the proposed Regulation.

For those persons being prescribed controlled substances for acute pain, the prescription limitation is 7 days unless there is detailed, documented medical justification in the patient record for a prescription of a longer duration.

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February 20, 2018
Proposed Amendments to Regulation 2

The Medical Board will conduct a public hearing involving proposed amendments to Regulation 2 governing prescriber requirements on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. The public hearing will be held in the boardroom of the Medical Board office.

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November 21, 2017
Telephone Scam Involving Practitioner Licenses

A number of licensees have called the Board regarding phone calls they have received stating that their Arkansas license could be in jeopardy. In some of these calls, the person poses as a DEA agent. If you receive such a call, do not provide the caller with any identifying information. Be advised that action on your license would not be initiated by a phone call. If you receive a call and have questions regarding the status of your license, call the Board office at 501-296-1802.

November 16, 2017
Destruction of Controlled Drugs

After receiving clarification from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regarding federal regulation 20-64-214, the Arkansas Department of Health can no longer accept controlled drugs for destruction from DEA registrants including but not limited to pharmacies and licensed medical practitioners. Controlled substances are to be disposed of in accordance with the guidelines provided by the DEA. The DEA website has useful information: click here

October 11, 2017
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Act 820 of 2017 and ASMB Regulation 41 require prescribers to access the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) prior to prescribing a Schedule II or III opioid to a patient and prior to prescribing a benzodiazepine for the first time to a patient except in very limited circumstances. The Medical Board encourages all physicians and physician assistants who prescribe controlled medications to sign up for and utilize the PDMP. To register for access to the PDMP click here

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