Nurse Practitioner Prescriptive Authority
Nurse practitioners, being highly educated and experienced in the field of nursing, are given prescriptive authority to varying degrees across the United States. The extent of a nurse practitioner’s prescriptive authority largely varies by the schedule of the drug in question, with some states allowing a larger degree of prescriptive authority to nurse practitioners and some regulating this prescriptive authority more closely.
The following is a state-by-state breakdown of nurse practitioner prescriptive authority, according to Medscape.
According to Florida Statute, a “legend drug” is any substance or preparation which is required by federal or state law to be dispensed only by prescription.
States that allow nurse practitioner’s prescriptive authority for legend drugs are:
A full list of drugs and their associated schedules can be found on the DEA’s website. Generally speaking, the lower the schedule number, the more potential a drug has to be dangerous or misused and therefore requires a higher level of regulation.
States that allow nurse practitioner’s prescriptive authority for drugs falling into schedule II, III, IV or V:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
States that allow nurse practitioner’s prescriptive authority for schedule III, IV and V controlled substances:
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