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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6/5/23  8:48 pm
Commenter: Phillip Davis

PAs are licensed medical professionals and are required to have DEA licenses

What is the point of having a supervising physician's name on prescriptions for controlled substances?  PAs are licensed, credentialed, and privileged and have DEA licenses to prescribe controlled substances.  The Commonwealth of Virginia monitors all prescriptions for controlled substances and provides a monthly prescription report for all licensed providers.

What additional public protection or patient safety does the requirement to list a physician on the prescription add?

PAs are required to have collaborating physicians but those physicians are in no way responsible for the prescriptions that a PA writes and therefore this is an unnecessary regulation.

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