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WV Board of Medicine
101 Dee Dr., Suite 103
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-2921
Fax: (304) 558-2084
 

 

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The West Virginia State Medical Association has recently completed work on its online program for Best Practice Prescribing of Controlled Substances Training and Drug Diversion Training. The Continuing Medical Education Program meets the state requirements as mandated by 30- 1-7a and Legislative Rules 11CSR6 and 11CSR1B. Those successfully completing this training will receive the necessary 3 hours of AMA Category 1 CME which will be required as part of license renewal criteria for all licensees of the Board of Medicine beginning in May 2014.

This application will not work with a mobile device. 

     To begin this training
CLICK HERE

 
To Review a listing of previous and upcoming conferences which satisfy the CME requirement as well as the online courses available CLICK HERE

 

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases identified in United States

 

As many of you may be aware through the national news and professional communications,  two cases of the MERS-CoV virus have been identified in the United States. West Virginia Commissioner of Health, Letitia Tierney, M.D., has been monitoring this serious development and has compiled information regarding the situation and the MERS-CoV virus. Through the following link please find Dr. Tierney’s communication which provides timely information that clinicians will need to recognize, treat and report cases. 

Click Here for MERS COV Document

 

FDA Approves first hydrocodone-only opioid narcotic, Zohydro Extended Release (ER)

 

Despite an 11-2 vote against the approval of this drug by the FDA’s own Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Advisory Committee, the FDA approved the use Zohydro ER. This drug was released on the market in March of this year. Zohydro ER, which lacks abusive deterrent properties, may contain up to 10 times the hydrocodone found in the heavily abused combination products such as Vicodin and Lortab. Given that our state continues to have one of the highest drug overdose mortality rates in the country, there is great concern over such a potent and potentially lethal drug being made so readily available. In response to this serious concern, the Board, with the assistance of the West Virginia Medical Professionals Health Program and at the suggestion of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, has compiled several links, found below, which will aid physicians in understanding the risks this drug presents, as well as further information regarding drug itself.  It is recommended that great care be taken in the controlled prescribing and use of this drug.

 

The Board of Medicine strongly urges all physicians to become familiar with the Board’s Policy on the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain in addition to taking the required course on Best Practice Prescribing of Controlled Substances and Drug Diversion Training which can be linked to from our Home Page.

 

1.       Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) Extended-Release Capsules

This is the manufacturer’s website…content on Zohydro ER….

 

 

2. Andrew Kolodny …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-kolodny-md/zohydro-the-fdaapproved-p_b_4855964.html

 

3.FDA recommendation proposal package to DEA by December (last year).

                http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm372089.htm

 

        4. New pain pill's approval: 'Genuinely frightening'

            wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg.

 

5. The FDA's Dilemma With The Opioid Pain Medication Zohydro ER  What was surprising about the FDA approval was that the FDA’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Advisory Committee, made up of independent experts, had voted against approval of Zohydro ER by an 11 – 2 vote.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnlamattina/2014/03/20/the-fdas-dilemma-with-the-opioid-pain-medication-zohydro-er/

    6. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg strongly defends the agency’s approval, arguing that Zohydro’s benefits outweigh the negative consequences. Simply put, she says, people in pain need more options.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/03/heroin-in-capsule-lawmakers-step-up-fight-against-fda-approved-painkiller/

 

7. New Super Painkiller 'Zohydro,' Out by 2013, is '10 Times Stronger Than Vicodin'    

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/274304/20111230/new-super-painkiller-zohydro-out-2013-10.htm#.U20Wc3LD-M8

8. Zogenix Provides Update on Development of Abuse Deterrent Formulations of Zohydro ER

 

UNIFORM APPLICATION PROCESS FOR PHYSICIANS

Over the past year the Board of Medicine has been working with the Federation of State Medical Boards to make available the Uniform Application process to those physicians seeking Medical Licensure in West Virginia. The Uniform Application is an online process which permits physicians to incorporate information and documentation from their FCVS verification packet if they have developed one. For a onetime fee it also permits the application information to be stored, if the applicant chooses, so that it can be utilized for licensing applications in other states.  

After many months of work and upon the recommendation of the Licensure Committee, the Board at its May 20, 2013, meeting gave final approval to adopt the Uniform Application for West Virginia.

The Uniform Application may be used by initial applicants for a permanent medical license and those physicians seeking reactivation of their previously held West Virginia license that has been expired for more than one year.

You may access the Uniform Application by clicking on “Applications” in the left hand column of this home page.

           

 

Verifications
The WV Board of Medicine has partnered with Veridoc, Inc., to offer a fully automated, internet-based, license verification system for medical doctors and physician assistants requiring a hard-copy verification.  More information regarding this new arrangement may be found on our SERVICES PAGE.

To obtain a written verification, visit http://www.veridoc.org.

 

West Virginia Medical Professionals Health Program, Inc., provides monitoring services to licensees (M.D.'s, D.P.M.'s, and P.A.-C.'s) with dependency, addiction, and mental health disorders while they pursue treatment and recovery for the same. Confidential participation in this physician health program is assured in instances where the licensee voluntarily self reports and remains in compliance with the program's requirements. This program was formally established  five years ago, and WVMPHP, Inc., with a 1000% growth in participants during this period, the WVMPHP continues to actively make medical professionals and the health service industry statewide aware of its services and to provide education regarding the issues of substance abuse and dependency.

          The WVMPHP's website address is http://www.wvmphp.org.

          The Bridgeport Office of WVMPHP, Inc., is located at 680 Genesis Boulevard, Suite #201, Bridgeport, WV 26330, telephone 304.933.1030, fax 304.933.1006. Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

          P. Bradley Hall, M.D., Executive Medical Director, may be reached at  bhallmd@wvmphp.org.

          Linda Allman, Case Manager, located in the Bridgeport  Office, may be reached at lallman@wvmphp.org.

 

Notice
West Virginia State Law, West Virginia Code § 60A-4-410, provides that it is a misdemeanor for a patient, in an attempt to obtain a prescription for a controlled substance, to knowingly withhold  from a practitioner, that the patient has obtained a controlled substance prescription of the same or similar therapeutic use in a concurrent time period from another practitioner. Upon conviction, a fine and imprisonment may be imposed. For a Notice of the law which may be downloaded and placed in a practitioner’s office, CLICK HERE. (You will need Adobe Reader to open and print this file.) 

 

Licensure Requirements
WV Board of Medicine website provides licensure requirement information for MD's (Medical Doctors), DPM's (Podiatrists) and PA's (Physician Assistants)

 

Normal Office Hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. EST

Click here for driving instructions to the Board office

 

 

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