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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6/18/23  3:27 am
Commenter: Lorick Fox, PA-C, AACC, DFAAPA

Both misleading and non-helpful

I have been in practice since 1980, hold VA Lic#122.
I have two DEA's, one for NY and one for VA.

Over that 43 year career, in many cases, a patient may have never seen the physician listed as my "supervising physician" and confusingly, may believe the name on the Rx is the provider they saw, a pharmacist attempting to verify information may attempt to contact that MD/DO (who knows nothing of patient except perhaps has seen the chart) and the Prescription Monitoring Program may reflect that MD/DO as the prescriber (which is misleading and in conflict with the entire idea of the PMP).

IAW § 54.1-2952, the physician has no responsibility for the Rx, thus the current situation is misleading, unnecessary and in no way helpful.

This can be changed with only positive effects.

Thanks for your consideration

Lorick Fox, PA-C, AACC, DFAAPA
Associate, American College of Cardiology
Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Physician Associates
Affiliate, American College of Physicians


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