TMB Renews Waiver Allowing Certain Pain Script Refills Via Telemedicine
By Amy Lynn Sorrel

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) extended until June 30 its emergency waiver permitting refills of certain controlled substance prescriptions to treat patients with chronic pain who recently saw their doctor in person or via telemedicine.

The announcement came late Friday, April 30, just days before the original rule was set to expire on May 2.

The 60-day extension allows physicians to issue the refills via telephone or telemedicine if:

  1. The doctor has seen the established chronic pain patient within the past 90 days; and
  2. That visit took place either in person or via telemedicine using two-way audio and video communication.

TMB rules typically prohibit treatment of chronic pain with scheduled drugs via telemedicine visits, “unless otherwise allowed under federal and state law.”

The waiver is a continuation, in part, of an emergency rule TMB put in place on Nov. 3, 2020, in response to the state’s continuing COVID-19 disaster declaration. It is set to expire at 11:59 pm (CT) June 30, or sooner if the governor ends the disaster declaration. 

For more details on the emergency rule, read the Texas Medical Association’s frequently asked questions document.


Last Updated On

May 03, 2021

Originally Published On

May 03, 2021