NC Medical Board To Discuss Its Position on Self Treatment and Treatment of Others

On Thursday, September 22, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, the NC Medical Board’s Policy Committee will revisit the issue of self-treatment and treatment of family members and others with whom significant emotional relationships exist.  This meeting is open to the public. The Board initially discussed this issue with stakeholders in June, read more about that meeting here. The Board has also solicited feedback from licensees on this issue and received a substantial number of comments for the Policy Committee to consider.

The Board’s current position statement on the issue will be reviewed and discussed, as will draft rules that would prohibit physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners from prescribing controlled substances for themselves, members of their immediate family, any person living in the same residence, or any person with whom the physician, PA, or NP has a sexual relationship.

Any recommendations related to the position statement or the draft rules that are adopted by the Policy Committee will be sent to the NCMB’s Task Force on Self Treatment for further discussion and advisement. Amy Whited, health policy director for the NCMS, serves on the NCMB’s task force. Please direct any comments or concerns to Amy at [email protected].


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