EMPAhopeful Posted February 21, 2011 Share Posted February 21, 2011 So I recently got into a discussion with an NP student that I work with about PAs. His ex-girlfriend is a PA, so he claims to have knowledge of what PAs do. One of the things he said was that PAs here in NY have to have their prescriptions countersigned by the SP. I told him that I'd never heard anything like that before, and he asked me if I wanted to speak to his ex about it. Obviously I told him it wasn't that serious, however I tried to do my own research. I came across this which says: "Prescriptions and medical orders may be written by PA when assigned by supervising physician. PA may write Rx for patients under supervising physician’s care. Rx must be written on blank of supervising physician and shall include name, address and phone number of supervising physician, plus name, address, age of patient and date on which Rx written. PA signs such Rx by printing name of supervising physician, his own name and signature, followed by “RPA” and registration number. Prescriptions for controlled substances (Schedules III-V) must be written on official New York State forms issued to the PA. Must contain printed name, address, DEA registration number, telephone number and handwritten signature of prescribing PA. (Must also include Rx information as required above.) PAs may not write prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances." Now, I'm a little confused on this. Earlier in the article, it says that PAs may prescribe Schedule II-V substances, while in the above excerpt, it says they cannot prescribe Schedule II. As far as the initial concern though, I see that the PA only has to write the name of the SP (in addition to their own information), but doesn't have to have it signed by them. The sentence-"Prescriptions and medical orders may be written by PA when assigned by supervising physician." is a little weird to me as well. Anyway, its amazing to me how many NPs and NP students view PAs, and this student in particular claims that PAs are the "doctor's b***h", while simultaneously claiming that they go through medical school in 2 years. While I ignore much of what he says, I was just interested in the issue of prescriptions in NY. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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