Internal Medicine Physicians Relieved by Extension for Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Statement attributable to:
Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP
President, ACP

WASHINGTON May 12, 2023 – The American College of Physicians (ACP) is grateful that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recognized the important role that telemedicine prescribing serves in patient care and issued a 6-month extension that will allow the prescribing of controlled substances by telemedicine to continue. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic we saw how the increased use of telemedicine to provide health care services improved access for patients. Patients who lack transportation, have busy schedules, or simply feel too badly to travel to a medical office, and others, all benefit from being able to access medical services from their physician regardless of their location.

We are encouraged that, by issuing this extension, the DEA understands how this improved access benefits patients who need controlled substances and the physicians who prescribe them. We call on the DEA to maintain this policy beyond the current 6-month extension and look forward to providing them additional feedback.


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