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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 105. Board of Optometry
Chapter 20. Regulations Governing the Practice of Optometry

18VAC105-20-49. Prescribing an opioid for chronic pain.

If a TPA-certified optometrist treats a patient for whom an opioid prescription is necessary for chronic pain, he shall either:

1. Refer the patient to a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine who is a pain management specialist; or

2. Comply with regulations of the Board of Medicine, 18VAC85‑21‑60 through 18VAC85‑21‑120, if he chooses to manage the chronic pain with an opioid prescription.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 4, eff. November 13, 2019.

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