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Tennessee Providers Now Required to Check Controlled Substance Monitoring Database
By: Erin B. Williams
While most portions of the Tennessee Prescription Safety Act (the "Act") were effective January 1, 20131, the most onerous change for healthcare practitioners just recently became effective. Starting April 1, 2013, Tennessee practitioners are required to check the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database ("CSMD") prior to prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines, and any other designated Schedule II – V drug2 as a new course of treatment lasting more than 7 days, and then at least annually during an episode of treatment unless it falls under a specific exception.