The following statement is attributable to:
Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., M.P.H.
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) applauds the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) decision to extend flexibilities in the prescribing of controlled substances based on telehealth patient visits through December 31, 2024. The AMA is grateful the DEA recognizes patients being treated with these medications, including medication to treat opioid use disorder, often have challenges securing and traveling to in-person appointments, and that the agency is committed to avoiding lapses in their care. The AMA will continue to encourage DEA, as it revises the rules, to provide an appropriate balance between advancing patients’ access to care via the mix of in-person and virtual services that best meets their needs while also ensuring patient safety.”

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