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Federation of State Medical Boards Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics

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      Illinois Governor Rauner issued an Executive Order in August 2017 directing the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to establish opioid prescribing guidelines for physicians. Later that year, IDFPR proposed to incorporate the Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) by reference into its medical disciplinary proceedings rules. Specifically, this rule changes IDFPR's standards for determining what is "Dishonorable, Unethical or Unprofessional Conduct" under the Medical Practice Act. Effective July 2018, these prescribing guidelines are now incorporated into the Medical Practice Act, and physicians should familiarize themselves with their recommendations.

      Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) physicians believe that every patient is entitled to appropriate pain relief, and that prescribers must make every effort to prescribe opioids and other medications responsibly, according to the given medical condition. Indeed, "the diagnosis and treatment of pain is integral to the practice of medicine." Evidence-based guidelines can aid these efforts by providing physicians and other prescribers with protocols for treating pain that address both the potential for diversion and abuse of opioid medications and the needs of our patients experiencing debilitating pain.

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