Sublocade is a 4 week FDA-approved buprenorphine injection used to treat opioid use disorder in patients who are tolerating sublingual buprenorphine. It is injected subcutaneously (just under the skin) by one of our Morse Clinic of North Raleigh nurses at the time of this writing. Patients at the Morse Clinic of North Raleigh need to schedule with Dr. Julie Gochnour to start the medication. This is a new process for the clinic and we anticipate additional time needed to order and reorder the medication. We are required to use an approved specialty pharmacy. The pre-authorization process is new to us as well. Once we get better at the process, we may look at providing this service at other Morse Clinic locations. Due to these factors, this service is currently only available at the North Raleigh location.
Patients getting Sublocade at the Morse Clinic of North Raleigh do need to provide urine drug tests and see their counselor at the OTP. If you have Medicaid or Medicare that we contract with, your services may be at no cost to you. If you have other insurance or no insurance, the cost is $250/month plus the cost of the medicine (about $1785) or your copay which may vary with your insurance. You would need to pay in advance. You could easily switch to methadone or the sublingual buprenorphine in our OTP seamlessly in our OTP after seeing one of our medical providers again.