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Hydrocodone FAQs

   What changes occurred due to SB 195?

Senate Bill 195 (84th Legislative Session), eliminates the requirement for a practitioner to have a Controlled Substances Registration with the state of Texas, effective Sept. 1, 2016. In order to implement this change, all active/current Controlled Substances Registrations (CSR) will automatically be renewed on Aug. 20, 2015, and will expire on Aug. 31, 2016. New certificates will not be mailed with automatic renewals. CSR’s may be verified by visiting the CSR Search & Verification System.

The above change will not apply to registrations that expired on or before July 31, 2015. To renew an expired CSR, practitioners must submit a renewal application and pay the $25 renewal fee and $50 late fee.

New/original registrations will continue to be accepted and processed. New registrations issued after Aug. 20, 2015 will expire Aug. 31, 2016. The completed application and $25 processing fee must be mailed to the address provided on the webpage. Fees will not be prorated.

Instructions for submitting new or renewal applications can be found at CSR Licensing & Registration.

Please continue to visit this webpage for updates and additional information. If you need assistance, please visit Contact Us, select Controlled Substances Registration and complete the online form.


   How do I apply for a new CSR?

See instructions for submitting an application for a new CSR. Following are some helpful tips:


   How do I change my address or name?

Health and Safety Code 481.061(c) requires the address on the CSR to be your Texas practice address. If you register at a location other than your Texas practice, you must include an explanation. Be advised registration addresses are made available on Controlled Substances Registration Search & Verification System.

A letter or modification form must be submitted and the registrant’s signature is required. A name change must be made with the appropriate board before the CSR can be changed.

To submit the modification form electronically, go to Contact Us. Select Controlled Substances Registration, then select Submit completed CSR modification form to upload your completed form.


   How do I add or remove supervising physicians?

ADD: A Modification Form must be submitted and have the registrant’s and supervising physician’s signature. The supervising physician(s) must be listed with TMB, as having prescriptive authority, and a “YES” for controlled substances.

REMOVE: A letter of termination may be submitted by the Mid-Level Practitioner or the Supervising Physician.

To submit the modification form electronically, go to Contact Us. Select Controlled Substances Registration, then select Submit completed CSR modification form to upload your completed form.


   May a Mid-Level Practitioner register for Schedule 2 and 2N drugs?

Yes. Senate Bill 406, effective Nov. 1, 2013, allows Mid-Level Practitioners to add Schedule 2 and 2N.

Texas Occupations Code §157.0511. DELEGATION OF PRESCRIBING AND ORDERING DRUGS AND DEVICES.
(b-1) A physician may delegate the prescribing or ordering f a controlled substance listed in Schedule II as established by commissioner of the Department of State Health Services under Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, only:

  1. in a hospital facility-based practice under §157.054, in accordance with policies approved by the hospital’s medical staff or a committee of the hospital’s medical staff as provided by the hospital bylaws to ensure patient safety, and as part of the care provided to a patient who:
    1. has been admitted to the hospital for an intended length of stay of 24 hours or greater; or
    2. is receiving services in the emergency department of the hospital or;
  2. as a part of the plan of care for the treatment of a person who has executive a written certification of a terminal illness, has elected to receive hospice care, and is receiving hospice treatment from a qualified hospice provider.

To add these schedules, a modification form must be completed and the supervising physician must sign and indicate the authorized schedules.

To submit the modification form electronically, go to Contact Us. Select Controlled Substances Registration, then select Submit completed CSR modification form to upload your completed form.


   What is the mailing address and contact information?

If you have questions, send a secure email or call (512) 424-7293.
General mailing address:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Controlled Substances Registration MSC 0438
P.O. Box 15888
Austin, Texas 78761-5888