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Buprenorphine was discovered in 1966 as an alternative to morphine with the potential to treat narcotic addiction. The FDA approved buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) for opioid use disorder in 2002. In subsequent years, various other formulations of buprenorphine/naloxone, and subsequent generic versions, have received FDA approval. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), signed into law in July 2016, extended the authority to prescribe buprenorphine to qualifying nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The SUPPORT for Patients and Community Act (,) signed into law in October 2018, further expanded buprenorphine prescribing privileges (through October 1, 2023) to qualifying clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse-midwives.

Medically Reviewed By Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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