Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs) will be moving from a Schedule III controlled substance to the more-restrictive Schedule II, effective Oct. 6, 2014. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) rescheduling of HCPs as Schedule II will increase restrictions on prescribing and dispensing practices for HCPs.
In preparation for the DEA rescheduling of HCPs, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has increased staffing and resources to respond to medical practitioners needing assistance so they can better serve Texans who require prescriptions for HCPs.
Medical and mid-level practitioners will need to have correct schedule designations on their registrations with DPS. Practitioners need to use NAR-116 and Mid-Level Practitioners need to use NAR-117 to submit updates.August 2014
According to Senate Bill 406, practitioners may now delegate the prescribing / ordering of Schedule II Controlled Substances in a hospital facility-based practice consistent with hospital policy, if the patient has been admitted to the hospital for 24 hours or longer, or if the patient is receiving services in the emergency department. Practitioners may also delegate the prescribing authority of Schedule II Controlled Substances as a part of a plan of care for a terminal patient receiving hospice treatment from a qualified hospice provider. For additional information, please visit Texas Medical Board Prescriptive Delegation.July 2014
New postcard renewal notices
The pre-printed renewal notice form has been replaced with the renewal notice postcard. The renewal notice postcards are mailed to each registrant approximately 90 days before their expiration. Registrants who are renewing may make payments online. To complete the online renewal process, a completed renewal application must be submitted to DPS. A CSR Renewal Form is on the DPS website.
Online payment system available for Controlled Substances Registration
Practitioners, mid-level practitioners and pharmacies are now able to pay their annual controlled substances registration fee online.