Pill Limit Law Best Practice Guidelines Released

Effective November 1, 2018, a new law places a 7-day limit for a prescription of opioids or Class II narcotics for acute pain associated with post-surgery, post-injury or disease. A second 7-day prescription may be written, but cannot be filled until after the first prescription expires. Subsequently, if deemed necessary by the physician, prescriptions associated with a pain management plan need to be reviewed and a three-month “course of treatment" must be established. 

To help doctors better navigate the intricacies of this new law, the OSMA spearheaded a coalition of medical groups and state entities including the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association (OOA), the Oklahoma State Medical Licensure Board, the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Attorney General Mike Hunter and the Governor’s office in creating guidelines for this program.

The following documents have been created with input from these entities, physicians and medical specialty groups. We will continue to keep you updated as new developments arise.