Colorado Senate Bill 16-158: Physician Assistant’s Performing Functions Delegated by a Physician
On June 1, 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-158: Concerning the Ability of a Physician Assistant to Perform Functions Delegated by a Physician that are within the Physician Assistant’s Scope of Practice. The bill, which went into effect on August 10, 2016, requires that a physician assistant prescription order meet the following three requirements:
1. The order must be within the scope of the physician assistant’s supervising physician;
2. If for a controlled substance, the order must contain the name of the supervising physician in addition to the other information required for a prescription; and
3. If for a controlled substance, the order must contain the physician assistant’s own DEA registration number.
Pharmacists filling prescription orders from physician assistants should ensure all three requirements are met prior to performing their final check. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action.
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