“The Senate health committee on Wednesday passed a measure that would dramatically expand access to a key treatment in the effort to slow the heroin epidemic.
The amendment, pushed by Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and passed unanimously, would increase access to buprenorphine (commonly sold as Suboxone) for opioid addicts. The amendment would increase patient limits to as many as 500 patients and permit nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe the medication to opioid addicts.
Although the chances of the amendment becoming law this year might not be optimal, its bipartisan support sends a signal to the Obama administration that if it wants to unilaterally reform the regulations on buprenorphine, it would be welcomed by Congress. “
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – March 16, 2016