Physician assistants now able to certify for medical marijuana

Physician assistants now able to certify for medical marijuana

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Physician assistants are now able to register with the state Department of Health to certify patients to take part in New York’s medical marijuana program, the DOH is to announce tomorrow. That change took effect Wednesday. Only PAs whose supervising physician also is registered to certify patients are eligible to register. A change allowing nurse practitioners to certify patients already is in effect . DOH also is set to announce that chronic pain will be a qualifying condition for the program effective next Wednesday, March 22. Such pain is defined as “any severe debilitating pain that the practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability,” that has intolerable side effects, that has lasted for or is expected to last for at least three months, and that other therapy has failed to treat or that cannot be treated by another therapy because it would be harmful. Both of those modifications to the tightly-run state program were first put forth by DOH last August, when it issued its two-year report on the program. The department released formal proposals for both changes late last year. They are taking effect after having completed the state regulation adoption process, which includes a public comment period. The final regulations are unchanged from the original proposals, according to DOH. Those amendments have been lauded by patient advocates, medical marijuana companies and state lawmakers alike. “Improving patient access to medical marijuana continues to be one of our top priorities, as it has been since the launch of the program,” DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement. “These key enhancements further that goal. Medical marijuana is already making a difference for patients across New York State, and we are constantly evaluating the program to see how we can make it better.” Some have pleaded for expansion of […]

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