What are the requirements for physicians prescribing buprenorphine for maintenance therapy of opioid abuse?

Updated: Jun 21, 2018
  • Author: David W Dixon, DO; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Office-based treatment of opioid addiction is now possible with BMT. [43] Physicians wishing to prescribe buprenorphine must meet several criteria, including requirements outlined in the Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000. However, physicians who do not meet these criteria can take an 8-hour training course to become certified to prescribe buprenorphine. Currently, physicians are limited to 30 buprenorphine patients for 1 year, and may apply for a waiver after the first year for 100 patients. In 2016, this limit was raised to 275 patients for providers who held a 100-patient waiver for 1 year and held additional credentialing or practiced in a qualified practice setting. [44]


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