New Laws Limiting Opioid Prescriptions Create Undue Barriers for Patients With Cancer and Cancer Survivors

ASCO POST (September 25, 2018)

9 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2018

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Thaddeus Mason Pope

Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Queensland University of Technology - Australian Health Law Research Center; Saint Georges University; Alden March Bioethics Institute

Date Written: September 25, 2018

Abstract

Among other policy responses to the growing opioid epidemic, many states have enacted legislation that limits the duration or amount of opioid prescriptions issued by physicians. Although, it is clear we need strong measures to mitigate widespread overuse and misuse of opioids. These prescription-limit laws unnecessarily sweep too broadly, intruding on clinician discretion and unduly restricting the pain management of patients with cancer and cancer survivors with a legitimate medical need for opioids.

In response to this problem, several medical societies, including ASCO, and individual commentators have called on lawmakers to recalibrate the balance between reducing misuse while still enabling appropriate access. Here, we explain how prescription-limit laws adversely affect patients with cancer and cancer survivors.

Note: “Reprinted from The ASCO Post, with permission from Harborside. © 2018.”

Keywords: opioid, cancer, oncology

JEL Classification: I18, K32

Suggested Citation

Pope, Thaddeus Mason, New Laws Limiting Opioid Prescriptions Create Undue Barriers for Patients With Cancer and Cancer Survivors (September 25, 2018). ASCO POST (September 25, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3265846

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