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Updates on Prescribing Controlled Substances

Date Created:Thursday, August 4, 2016

APRNs who prescribe controlled substances in the State of Texas need to be aware of upcoming changes to the laws regarding prescribing and ordering these drugs. The requirement for controlled substances registration with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be eliminated beginning September 1, 2016. The DPS registration process will not be replaced by another process. You will continue to be required to hold registration from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in order to prescribe controlled substances.

Additionally, the prescription monitoring program that is currently known as Prescription Access in Texas will be moving under the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) effective September 1, 2016. It is our understanding that the new prescription monitoring program will be available through the TSBP’s website. Information will be forwarded to current Prescription Access in Texas users explaining how to update their registrations for the new system. Information regarding the new system will be added to our website as it becomes available; however, the new prescription monitoring program will not be accessed through the Texas Board of Nursing website. Information regarding the new prescription monitoring program is available on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy’s website at www.pharmacy.texas.gov/PMP/. A video regarding the new system is also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXDuEADMAHg.

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