|Effective October 1, 2015, three changes in the Statutes regarding controlled substances went into effect which impact physician assistants.|
From Public Act 15-198:
1) Prior to prescribing greater than a seventy-two-hour supply of any controlled substance to any patient, the prescribing practitioner or such practitioner’s authorized agent who is also a licensed health care professional shall review the patient’s records in the electronic prescription drug monitoring program (www.ctpmp.com).
2) Whenever a prescribing practitioner prescribes controlled substances for the continuous or prolonged treatment of any patient, such prescriber, or such prescriber’s authorized agent who is also a licensed health care professional, shall review, not less than once every ninety days, the patient’s records in such prescription drug monitoring program.
3) PAs must complete “not less than one contact hour of training or education in prescribing controlled substances and pain management in the preceding two-year period.” This requirement must be met with the renewal of the license.