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Changes to controlled substances registration and prescription monitoring program coming September 1, 2016.

Senate Bill (SB) 195 (84th Legislative Session) made changes to the process by which health care providers obtain authority to prescribe controlled substances. Under current law, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with prescriptive authority who have been delegated the authority to prescribe controlled substances by the delegating physician are required to register with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) before they can prescribe controlled substances. On September 1, 2016, the law will change to eliminate the requirement for registration with the DPS. All DPS registrations will expire on August 31, 2016. DEA registration will still be required for APRNs who prescribe controlled substances in any schedule.

Another change that will take effect as a result of the passage of SB 195 is that the prescription monitoring program, currently known as Prescription Access in Texas, will move from its current location with the DPS to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Notifications regarding the change will be sent to current Prescription Access in Texas users reminding them of the change. The new prescription monitoring program is intended to be more user friendly, making it easier for providers to review prescription profiles. SB 195 also provides authorization for Texas to participate in a national system allowing providers to obtain prescription history information from other states where their patients may fill prescriptions. This will help APRNs more easily identify individuals who may be seeking prescriptions for non-therapeutic purposes.

The new prescription monitoring program will be available on September 1, 2016. Users will need to register before they will be able to access the new program, even if they are registered users of the Prescription Access in Texas program. As additional information regarding the new program becomes available, this information will be shared on the Texas Board of Nursing's website. Please check the website frequently for the latest information.

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Publication:Texas Board of Nursing Bulletin
Date:Jul 1, 2016
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