May 3, 2017

Did you know?Did you know?

During our last Council meeting in April, it occurred to me that there may be a lot of information that needs to be passed along.

First, the Board of Medicine rules related to opioid prescribing also include the requirement of 3 hours of free CME education related to either opioid prescribing or a course in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) / Suboxone. The NHMS and BOM websites have links to approved courses. The documentation of this will be required for licensees with a DEA to prescribe C2 medications for those who re-license in June 2018 -- meaning you need to complete the CME during the 2017 calendar year.

Second, the NH Health Alert Network (NH HAN) is a 24/7/365 comprehensive system for public health emergency notifications and alerts in response to events or incidents of public health significance.  Physicians can sign up to receive these alerts that notify providers of everything from local outbreaks of infectious diseases to carfentanil overdoses.  For more information on receiving Health Alerts, contact the NH HAN Coordinator at

Third, although our advocacy work is often successful in helping to advance the public health of our state, there are sometimes issues where we are a solo voice. For this year, this is SB 65 which is related to expanding vaccine administration by pharmacists. This bill would allow retail pharmacists to administer Tetanus, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis A to those over age 18 in addition to the current Influenza, Pneumovax, and Zostavax immunizations. We oppose this bill as we feel that it does not advance the medical home model. This bill has passed the Senate and is to be voted on Thursday in the House, having passed the Health and Human Services committee 14-7. The physicians on this committee opposed this bill as it does not advance the medical home and makes it difficult to track the immunizations given as our state's immunization registry is in a fledgling status. Hopefully we can consider future legislation to improve collaboration with pharmacists related to immunizations.


Deb Harrigan, MD

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