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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel signed two public health orders today, March 18, which will help alleviate doctors and nurses on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The first Order relaxes administrative requirements so as to allow physician’s assistants who previously worked on elective surgeries to be used elsewhere in the hospital under a different supervising physician.

The second Order, due to the expected demands on nursing staff, would allow pharmacists to administer certain medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder, where, under normal circumstances, such medication must be administered by a nurse.

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