CHICAGO — Patients in Minnesota with chronic pain, opioid use disorder and other medical diseases will have increased access to the medications they need thanks to new law in Minnesota that greatly relaxes the state’s refill limits on controlled substances.  

The law, enacted as part of the response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, allows Schedule II-V controlled substances to be dispensed for more than 30 days and removes existing refill limitations. These new policies, part of the American Medical Association's top policy recommendations for states, will allow patients with chronic diseases to stay home during shelter-in-place and other social-distancing efforts aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. Read more about AMA’s state policy recommendations here

“The AMA applauds the Minnesota Medical Association and the Minnesota Legislature for their leadership in enacting this legislation and urges all states to take similar action,” said AMA President Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A. “The AMA expects all pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management companies and health insurance companies doing business in the state of Minnesota to comply with the law and remove any restrictions that would interfere with this legislation.” 

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