PA Prescription Pads

  1. Do PA's get their own prescription pads with their name on it? I'm sure NP's do since they practice at their own level and under their own license, but a PA works under a doctors license so... would they use the doctors prescription pads or is this even legal?

    Thanks in advanced for the responses!

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  3. by   jmking
    My mom works under a doc's liscense but does prescribe medications with her own pads.
  4. by   wayunderpaid
    Since PA's have prescription privileges, they use their own pad. In the hosp. where I work, providers can order their pads from the state (NY), which bear their own name, or they can use hospital issued pads which have the name of the hospital, then they have to use a stamp with their DEA number or write it out legibly.
    Using a pad with someone else's name is about the same as hanging a medication which was drawn by someone else. Can never do...
    Wayunderpaid

    Quote from antidote
    Do PA's get their own prescription pads with their name on it? I'm sure NP's do since they practice at their own level and under their own license, but a PA works under a doctors license so... would they use the doctors prescription pads or is this even legal?

    Thanks in advanced for the responses!

  5. by   traumaRUs
    In IL where I practice (I'm an APN), I use different prescription pads for different facilities and NONE have MY name on them - they have the physician's names (those that are in my practice) and/or the hospital name. I am required to write the pt name/DOB, script, sign my name and include my DEA number on it.

    At least in IL, I know of no mid-level practitioner that has pads with their own name on it.
  6. by   sirI
    Quote from traumaRUs
    In IL where I practice (I'm an APN), I use different prescription pads for different facilities and NONE have MY name on them - they have the physician's names (those that are in my practice) and/or the hospital name. I am required to write the pt name/DOB, script, sign my name and include my DEA number on it.

    At least in IL, I know of no mid-level practitioner that has pads with their own name on it.
    Same here. We can have our own pads, but sometimes there are "generic" pads in the hospital, especially the ED. Has the name of the hospital and physical site information. Must contain the information on it as traumaRUs stated.
  7. by   core0
    Quote from antidote
    Do PA's get their own prescription pads with their name on it? I'm sure NP's do since they practice at their own level and under their own license, but a PA works under a doctors license so... would they use the doctors prescription pads or is this even legal?

    Thanks in advanced for the responses!

    PAs have prescriptive rights in all states. Design of prescription pads depends on the state. In Colorado the pad had the PA's name and the supervising physician. Most practices have one pad that has all the physician and PA names (NP and CNS) on the same pad. We also have our own DEA number. If PAs scrip for schedule drugs we use our DEA number. An abbreviated version of PA prescription acts can be found here:
    http://www.aapa.org/gandp/rxchart.html

    David Carpenter, PA-C

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