About the Regulation:
The anticipated registration would enable a practitioner to deliver, distribute, dispense, or prescribe via telemedicine a controlled substance to a patient who has not been medically examined in-person by the prescribing practitioner. For example in the event of an opioid overdose, a patient might need a prescription for an opioid antagonist such as naloxone from a provider who has never examined the patient in-person prior to the telemedicine encounter. The Act also expressly exempts certain practitioners from needing to obtain a special registration for telemedicine in each state where the entities and practitioners choose to practice.
Congress did establish three general requirements that practitioners must meet while using the special registration to deliver, distribute, dispense, or prescribe controlled substances via telehealth:
- The practitioners must demonstrate a legitimate need for the special registration.
- The practitioners must be registered to deliver, distribute, dispense, or prescribe controlled substances in the state where the patient is located.
- The practitioners must maintain compliance with federal and state laws when delivering, distributing, dispensing, and prescribing a controlled substance.