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News and Updates

October 2014

DPS now offers online payment for Schedule II Prescription Pads
Practitioners and mid-level practitioners with a valid Controlled Substances Registration and Texas DEA Registration are now able to pay online and electronically submit Prescription Pad Order Forms. Registrants can now order prescription pads in just three easy steps:

  1. Pay online at https://apps.portal.texas.gov/feepaylite/tx/dps/rxpad/order/start. Save the receipt to your computer.
  2. Complete the Prescription Pad Order Form. The form is a fillable pdf. After completing the form, print, sign and save to your computer.
  3. Go to Contact Us. Select Texas Prescription Program, then select Submit completed prescription pad order form to upload your receipt and completed order form. To ensure timely processing, make sure both documents are attached and uploaded in the same email. Do not mail a duplicate copy if submitted electronically, as it may delay delivery.

Online payments are processed with major credit cards -Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. In addition to credit card billing information, a valid credit card number, expiration date and verification code are required. Please allow 30 days for delivery.

For detailed instructions including screenshots, please see Guide to Prescription Pad Ordering.

September 2014

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.

For more information, please see Hydrocodone: Schedule II Controlled Substance, DPS’ Press Release and DEA Announcement.

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.

October 2013

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.