“Many are concerned that the minute word gets out that that they’re a waivered buprenorphine prescriber, the waiting room will be full. And the patients will have overwhelmingly complex needs.
This fear was illustrated by a 2014 study of physicians in Washington State who had been recruited to receive training that would enable them to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Interestingly, all of these physicians reported positive attitudes toward buprenorphine treatment. However, what happened after the training was quite telling.
- Only 50% actually obtained their waiver
- Only 22% actually began prescribing buprenorphine
- And only 9% placed their name on the SAMHSA buprenorphine treatment locator, so that patients could actually find them
Physicians’ reluctance to prescribe buprenorphine has been observed for nearly twenty years, since the drug became available in the U.S. Expanding the number of patients that physicians can treat hasn’t yielded results. Although physicians can now treat up to 275 patients with buprenorphine (up from 100 in 2016), most physicians treat less than 30.”
Source: ireta.org – May 2, 2018