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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6/7/23  6:02 pm
Commenter: Portia Tomlinson, PA-C, DFAAPA

Removal of language that collaborating physician name be on PA prescriptions

As a practicing PA in Virginia, I fully support removal of this language (that the collaborating physician’s name be on prescriptions for scheduled 2-5 medications) for the following reasons:

  • PAs are licensed, credentialed and have their individual DEA license to prescribe controlled substances
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia monitors all prescriptions for controlled substances.
  • PAs have extensive training in pharmacology and substance use disorder
  • Some ERMs still do not have the ability of including this information and attempts to comply are cost prohibitive so the burden lies with an already over taxed provider
  • Attempting to add this information to electronic prescriptions causes delay in patients receiving prescriptions in a timely manner as pharmacists, front desk staff, providers make several phone calls to comply, causing further barriers to patient access
  • PAs may have several rotating collaborating physicians that rotate through different clinics.  Attempting to find the specific physician also causes further delay in patient care.
  • This language adds no additional public protection or patient safety.

I support removal of this language for the benefit of patients.  

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