Changes to prescription pad ordering and Prescription Monitoring Program take effect September 1

Beginning September 1, several important prescription-related functions are being transferred from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. The changes are the result of Senate Bill 195 passed in 2015.

Official prescription forms
The Texas Prescription Program transfers to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy on September 1. This includes the oversight and processing of the official prescription pads for Schedule II prescription forms.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will no longer accept orders for the official prescription pads effective August 15, 2016. However, official prescription forms issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety prior to September 1, 2016 will be considered valid prescription forms. Official prescription pad orders received after August 15, 2016 will be returned to the customers.

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy will start taking prescription pad orders on September 1, 2016. Since DPS will stop issuing prescription pads on August 15, 2016, prescribers are urged to order enough pads to cover the supply gap. See also the DPS Notice on SB 195.

Prescription Monitoring Program
On September 1, 2016, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy’s new Prescription Monitoring system will go live for prescribers. For more information about the new program, please visit the Texas State Board of Pharmacy website.

What every physician needs to know: Terminating the physician-patient relationship

When dealing with difficult patients, physicians are sometimes left with no other viable alternative than to terminate the physician-patient relationship. Coming to that conclusion is not easy and may also come with legal complications. These slides will describe the guidelines and processes to follow in order to avoid allegations of patient abandonment.

 

Case Closed: Failure to communicate

This case involves a pain management specialist who was treating a patient for back pain. It illustrates how action or inaction on the part of the physician led to allegations of professional liability, and how risk management techniques may have either prevented the outcome or increased the the physician’s defensibility. The case has been modified to protect the privacy of the physician and the patient.

Texas DSHS launches website with latest Zika guidelines and materials

As Texas enters its long mosquito season, and many people travel to places where Zika is active, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has created a website where both the public and healthcare workers can access the latest Zika news and information.

TexasZika.org contains CDC guidelines for healthcare professionals as well as prevention information and steps to follow for pregnant women and travelers.

The website also offers posters, fact sheets, flyers, and graphics designed to be shared on social media for healthcare professionals to post in their offices or distribute to patients, clients, and the public.

As of June 10, there are 41 reported cases of the Zika virus in Texas. Of those, 40 were travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home; one of those cases was a pregnant woman.

The DSHS encourages healthcare workers to follow good infection control and biosafety practices, including universal precautions, as appropriate to prevent or minimize the risk of transmission of infectious agents such as Zika.