Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physician Assistants [18 VAC 85 ‑ 50]
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6/6/23  11:06 am
Commenter: Emily M. Waller, DMSc, PA-C


I agree that this requirement should be removed.  As part of their prescriptive authority, PAs enter into a written agreement that the supervising physician will supervise the prescriptive practices of the assistant.  This is a condition of the employment protocol which all PAs are required to have to be licensed by the board to practice.  Therefore, the supervision of prescribing practices is inherent in a PA's employment.  Placing the supervising physician's name on all prescriptions does not strengthen this supervision in any way.  Additionally, removing this requirement would not weaken the supervision.  This requirement is simply a burdensome keystroke that can easily be eliminated without interfering with the supervising relationship between the physician and PA.   


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