January 2019 Newsletter from the State Medical Board of Ohio

January 2019 Newsletter

New Medical Board Rules Effective January 31

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Reporting Loss, Theft of Dangerous Drugs & Documents

Effective March 1, all terminal distributors and drug distributors (TDDD) are required to report theft or significant loss of dangerous drugs (controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs) and drug documents via the Pharmacy Board’s online portal. Any theft or loss of drug documents must be reported to the Board of Pharmacy immediately upon discovery. Click  here to get complete information about the new rule.
Complaints & Investigations
Key Steps Overview

The State Medical Board of Ohio’s purpose is to protect the public and we have a responsibility to evaluate every complaint received. To read about the complete details and learn about administrative hearings, click here.
Public Hearing:
Genetic Counselor Rules
A public hearing on proposed rules will be conducted on February 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 East Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules.

Chronic & Subacute Pain Opioid Prescription Regulations

Ohio prescribers should be following the new regulations when prescribing opioids for the treatment of chronic pain (lasting 12 weeks or more) and subacute pain (lasting between six and 12 weeks). The specific requirements can be found in Ohio Administrative Code 4731-11. Ohio’s new rules will not take away medication for those in need, but instead strengthen communication between physicians and patients by establishing check points for additional assessment. Click the button below for guidance documents and a direct link to the new regulations.
ohio medical marijuana control program update

On January 16, four Ohio dispensaries began selling medical marijuana to patients and caregivers. To date, total sales are $333,592 and the total volume of product sold is 46 pounds.

After accepting patient registrations for four weeks, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has 4,964 recommendations in the Patient and Caregiver Registry. Of those with a recommendation, 3,575 have activated their Registry Card.

Ohio physicians interested in recommending medical marijuana can learn more about the certificate to recommend (CTR) process here.

Cosmetic Therapy Exam - March 25
The next CT exam is scheduled for Monday, March 25. Cosmetic therapists have until March 11 at 5 p.m. to submit applications to the board. Click here to get more info.

February Holiday Closure

The Medical Board’s office will be closed on Monday, February 18 in honor of Presidents Day.
Manage Pain, Prevent Addiction

Take Charge Ohio features resources for providers and patients to  help educate about opioid addiction, its impact in Ohio, and how to take action using these free, ready-to-use resources.

TakeChargeOhio.org >
No More Paper

The medical board is no longer accepting paper applications, renewal applications or license verification requests.
All of these items need to be completed electronically through eLicense.ohio.gov.

eLicense.ohio.gov >

Monthly Formal Action Report

Review summary descriptions of the disciplinary actions initiated and the disciplinary sanctions imposed by the medical board at its monthly meeting. Individual's license information can be found on eLicense.

Monthly Formal Actions >

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