Telemedicine — Expansion for Prescription of Controlled Substances
May 11, 2023

On May 11, 2023, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued the “Temporary Extension of Covid-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescription of Controlled Medications” (six-month extension for people seeking to fill controlled medications via telemedicine).  The temporary rule takes effect on May 11, 2023 and extends the full set of telemedicine flexibilities through November 11, 2023 for any practitioner-patient telemedicine relationships that have been or will be established up to November 11, 2023 and will be extended for one year – through November 11, 2024.

“Vermont allows out-of-staters to use assisted suicide law
(Associated Press — May 3, 2023)
Vermont on Tuesday became the first state in the country to change its assisted suicide law to allow people from out of state to access prescribed suicide.

Challenge to Vermont’s assisted  suicide law
Assisted suicide advocates continue their moves to transform so-called “protections” into “barriers” that must be removed from their laws permitting assisted suicide.
A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging residency requirement to receive assisted suicide in Vermont.

According to the Miami Herald, a Connecticut woman sued Vermont for allowing only its residents with an incurable illness that is expected to kill them within six months.

This is second such lawsuit to challenge such a state requirement.  A similar lawsuit resulted in suspension  of Oregon’s residency requirement.

“Scott signs bill to allow telemedicine in medical aid in dying”
(Vt Digger — April 27, 2022)
Gov. Phil Scott signed S. 74 into law Wednesday, amending Vermont’s medical-aid-in-dying statute….
With S. 74, patients will now be able to request the prescription using telemedicine.  S. 74 also got rid of the final  48-hour waiting period.
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