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Physician Assistants Receive Prescriptive Authority | NEWS-Line for Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants Receive Prescriptive Authority


On December 6, 2000, licensed physician assistants in the State of Illinois, received their prescriptive authority sign up packets from the Illinois Department of Professional regulation. This packet of information and sign up forms is a result of the October 17, 2000, the Joint Committee on Administrative rules approved the rules granting physician assistants in the State of Illinois, prescriptive authority for all uncontrolled substances and controlled substances Schedules III-V.

Physician Assistants are licensed and certified members of the health care team who provide a broad range of medical services, in both primary care and specialty areas, under the supervision of licensed physicians. The supervising physician delegates responsibilities to the physician assistant including prescriptive authority. The Illinois Department of Professional Regulations (IDPR) is the regulatory agency for physician assistants. Once the IDPR receives notification from the supervising physician that prescriptive authority has been delegated to the physician assistant, the physician assistant will be able to write prescription for uncontrolled substances and apply for a Federal Mid-Level Practitioner Controlled Substances License to prescribe controlled substances Schedules III-V.

"Prescriptive authority for PAs will improve our ability to provide better service to our patients in a more time effective and cost savings manner. We can immediately prescribe, write, sign and hand a patient an order for a prescription that will aid their situation. Until this point, the prescription had to have a physician's signature. A PA will now sign their own names to the prescription pad and have it filled at a local pharmacy," says Sharon Blattner PA-C, President of the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants from Glenview, IL.

The scope of practice of physician assistants is determined by their supervising physicians including:
Diagnosing and treating common medical problems
Obtaining medical histories
Performing physical examinations
Ordering or performing diagnostic tests and obtaining laboratory results-
- Assisting in surgery
- Administering emergency care and now, prescribing for all uncontrolled substances and controlled substances Schedules III-V

Physician Assistants practice in a wide variety of health care environments, such as Private Offices, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Health Maintenance Organizations, Urban/Rural Satellite Clinics, Industrial Clinics, Industrial Clinics, Correctional Institutions, Veterans’ Administration. Prescriptive authority will improve patient care.

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