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Entries in Regulatory (43)



The Washington Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is a great resource for all licensed prescribing healthcare professionals throughout the country. Also known as Prescription Review, the PMP is a secure online database used to improve public health by giving practitioners access to their patient’s prescription history information before prescribing or dispensing controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and V); this enables practitioners to look for any drug interactions, duplicate prescribing, possible misuse, or other potential concerns

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FDA Considers Reclassification of Controlled Substances

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing recommendations regarding a more restrictive classification of hydrocodone-containing combination drug products (HCCs). These recommendations are the result of an increasing concern related to the abuse and misuse of opioid products, which over the years has become a prevalent issue in certain parts of the United States, especially among teens and adults.

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Last Friday, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held a public meeting to discuss ongoing business before the commission. Here are the highlights:

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Licensure Fees to Decrease Beginning January 1, 2014

Last week, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that beginning January 1, 2014, active license renewal fees for dentists will be reduced by $176. The rule change amends WAC 246-817-990 which dictates dentist licensure fees and renewal cycle. The current dental licensure renewal fee of $576 is the second highest dental licensure fee in the nation.

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