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Mission Statement

To protect the public from the unprofessional, incompetent, or impaired practice of medicine.

The Board of Medicine issues licenses to qualified Allopathic and Osteopathic physicians and physician assistants based on nationally recognized credentialing standards. The Board regulates the minimum standards for professional conduct and continued competence and takes disciplinary action against licensees who fail to meet these standards.

Announcements and Notices
Opioid Prescribing Rules
May 4, 2016

On April 20, 2016, the Board of Medicine adopted new opioid prescribing rules Adobe Acrobat that impose several new requirements on licensees. These rules are effective as of May 3, 2016. Please take the time to review these important rules.


These rules replace the previously effective emergency rules on opioid prescribing, which were repealed on May 3, 2016.


Use of a morphine dose equivalent calculator is recommended for prescribers of opioids.


Acute Pain Patient Information

The emergency rules require licensees who prescribe an opioid for acute pain to provide the patient with certain information. The Board’s Acute Pain Patient Information Adobe Acrobat document can be used for this purpose, although licensees may choose a different method of communicating this information.


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Important Information Regarding Opioid Prescribing
Information Regarding the State's New Addiction Crisis Hotline
Board Approved Continuing Medical Education (CME) regarding Opioid Prescribing

SCOPE of Pain - May 14, 2016

Massachusetts Medical Society Opioid Prescribing Series (6 Modules)

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Various Activities

American Academy of Physician Assistants Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Prescription Drugs

American Pain Society REMS for ER/LA Opioid Analgesics: The Keys to Safe Use

Audio Digest Foundation Various educational activities

Boston University School of Medicine Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

Boston University School of Medicine SCOPE of Pain - Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education

Federation of State Medical Boards Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioids: Assessing Risks, Safe Prescribing

Federation of State Medical Boards Model Policy for the Use of Opioid Analgesics inthe Treatment of Chronic Pain

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine Pain Action Consulting Team (PACT): A Mentoring Model CME

NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse Safe Prescribing for Pain

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Substance Use in Adults and Adolescents: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

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