Physician Assistants with Prescriptive Authority

Effective September 1, 2008, state law requires that all prescriptions for controlled substances include the prescriber’s controlled substance registration number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in addition to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number. Physician assistants with prescriptive authority must put both DPS and DEA numbers on all prescriptions for controlled substances in Schedules III through V.

Physician assistants with prescriptive authority must have their own DPS and DEA numbers to prescribe controlled substances.  In addition, physician assistants must have the name of their current delegating physician authorizing prescriptive authority on file with DPS.  If a physician assistant does not notify the DPS of a new physician within 60 days of a supervision/delegation termination, the physician assistant’s DPS number will be terminated.

  1. If you need to change or add delegating physicians on file with the DPS, this can be done on a modification form from the DPS website at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/InternetForms/Forms/NAR-117.pdf This form cannot be used renew your DPS registration.
  2. Updating your supervising physician with the TMB can be done on a form available on the TMB website at: http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/professionals/physicianassist/licensed/pasupreg.php

The following information from the Texas Administrative code, Title 37, Part 1, Chapter 13, Subchapter B, Rule §13.27 is available at: http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.viewtac

Prescription Information

Prescriptive Delegation Online Registration