SB 406 Authorizes physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances and modifies the review of advanced practice registered nurses prescribing controlled substances
Sponsor: Scott
LR Number: 1787S.06P Fiscal Note: 1787-06
Committee: Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections
Last Action: 4/15/2009 - Hearing Conducted H Special Standing Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing Committee Journal Page:
Title: SS SCS SB 406 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2009

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SS/SCS/SB 406 - This act authorizes physician assistants who meet certain requirements to prescribe Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substances. No physician shall be required to delegate controlled substance prescribing authority to a physician assistant.

Pharmacists are also required to list the name of the physician assistant and the physician assistant's supervising physician on the prescription label.

This act also modifies the requirements for collaborative practice arrangements between advanced practice registered nurses and collaborating physicians. Advanced practice registered nurses are required to submit a minimum of ten percent of the documentation of their prescribing practices to the physician for review every fourteen days. The collaborating physician shall review twenty percent of the charts in which the advanced practice registered nurse wrote a prescription for controlled substances every fourteen days. The charts reviewed for prescription of controlled substances may be counted in the number of charts required to be reviewed for prescribing practices.

Provisions of this act are similar to provisions of CCS/HCS/SB 296 (2009) and SS/SCS/HCS/HB 247 (2009).

EMILY KALMER