Physicians and Physician Assistants (PAs) who prescribe or will be prescribing controlled substances in the State of Texas need to be aware of changes to the laws regarding prescribing and ordering these drugs.
ACTION ALERT – Register with Prescription Monitoring Program
Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) registration is strongly encouraged for any physician and physician assistant who is prescribing controlled substances. The PMP can be used to verify a practitioner’s own records and prescribing history as well as inquiring about patients. In addition, the program may be used to generate and disseminate information regarding prescription trends.
Please know, as required by HB 2561, the Medical Board is providing licensee contact information to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the agency which administers the PMP, for the purposes of pre-registering prescribers for the program. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy has begun to contact prescribers, by e-mail, with a link to register with PMP.
Texas Controlled Substances Registration Numbers for Physicians and PAs
Under Senate Bill 195, the requirement for controlled substances registration (CSR) with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was eliminated on September 1, 2016. DPS has stopped accepting applications for the Texas Controlled Substances Registration under Chapter 481.061 of the Health and Safety Code.
The DPS CSR registration process will not be replaced by another process. Physicians and PAs will continue to be required to hold registration from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in order to prescribe controlled substances and to register prescriptive delegation for Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Nurses with the Texas Medical Board.
Physician Assistants with Temporary Licenses pending Medical Board approval will still be required to file a Prescriptive Delegation Form with the Registrations Department of the Medical Board. To request a form, please email Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us. The DEA will verify temporary licenses with assigned delegation for registration of a DEA CSR directly with board staff.
Prescription Pad Orders
Effective September 1, 2016, the Texas Prescription Program transferred to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP). This includes the oversight and processing of the official prescription pads for Schedule II prescription forms. The Texas Department of Public Safety no longer accepts orders for the official prescription pads; however, official prescription forms issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety prior to September 1, 2016 will be considered valid prescription forms.
For information regarding prescription pad ordering, visit the TSBP's website: http://www.pharmacy.texas.gov/rxpad/.
Use this link for important information regarding the use and abuse of certain drugs as required by Senate Bill 144 http://www.tsbp.state.tx.us/sb144.htm