Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Will Be More Template Than Commandment
Commissioner Gottlieb says US FDA does not intend to force physicians to adhere to opioid prescribing guidelines being developed by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee meeting suggest it is difficult to write condition-specific guidelines for opioid prescribing in the primary care setting.