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SB 97 (BR 927) - T. Buford

     AN ACT relating to physician assistants.
     Amend KRS 311.840 to define "non-separate location"; amend KRS 311.856 to delete the prohibition against physician assistants prescribing controlled substances; amend KRS 311.858 to allow physician assistants to prescribed Schedule II through V controlled substances if delegated to do so by their supervising physicians; require that Schedules II controlled substances be limited to a 72-hour supply with no refills; prohibit physician assistants from issuing Schedule II controlled substances that are psychostimulants; require that prescriptions issued by a physician assistant for Schedule III controlled substances be limited to a 30-day supply; require that prescriptions for Schedules IV and V controlled substances be limited to the original prescription and refills not to exceed a six month supply; require the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, on the recommendations of the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee, to promulgate administrative regulations that limit the prescribing of drugs that have been identified as having the greatest potential for abuse and diversion; establish eligibility requirements for physician assistants who are given prescriptive authority; amend KRS 218A.010 to include a physician assistant in the definition of "practitioner" for purposes of obtaining data from the electronic monitoring system; amend KRS 218A.202 to authorize the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to obtain data from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for a physician assistant who is in practice with a physician or a physician assistant who is under investigation for improper prescribing purposes, who is in a geographic area for which a trend report indicates a substantial likelihood that inappropriate prescribing may be occurring, or who is in an area where a report on another physician or physician assistant in that area indicates a substantial likelihood for inappropriate prescribing; amend KRS 311.866 and 311.888 to make technical corrections.

     Feb 6-introduced in Senate
     Feb 8-to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)

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