Maine Joins 42 States and the District of Columbia in allowing Full
Prescriptive Authority for PAs.
Aug. 15, 2016
Contact: James Tyll,
Maine recently increased access to quality, comprehensive
healthcare by updating PA (physician assistant) regulations and giving PAs full
prescriptive authority. This brings Maine
in line with the majority of states and the District of Columbia.
Last month, the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and the
Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure joined 42 states and the District of
Columbia by granting PAs full prescriptive authority. The new regulations were
the result of years of hard work and advocacy by the Maine Association of PAs
(MEAPA) and American Academy of PAs (AAPA). This joint-rule making effort sets
an important precedent by creating uniform rules governing PA practice in the
state. “This is a great win for both PAs
and patients in Maine,” said
AAPA President Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna®RMT, DFAAPA. “However,
it’s critical that we continue to update these kinds of antiquated laws and
regulations that prevent PAs from serving their patients to fullest extent of
their education and experience.”
Previously, PAs licensed by the Board of Licensure in
Medicine could apply individually for Schedule II prescriptive privileges, but
there were significant restrictions. While those PAs licensed by the Board of Osteopathic
Licensure were limited to Schedules III-V. Currently there are six states that
only grant PAs partial prescriptive authority including Arkansas, Georgia,
Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, while Kentucky remains the only
state that does not allow PAs to prescribe any controlled substances.
For more information on these regulations contact AAPA or
visit AAPAs State
American Academy of PAsAAPA is the national organization that advocates for all PAs and
provides tools to improve PA practice and patient care. Founded in 1968, AAPA
represents a profession of more than 108,500 certified PAs across all medical
and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S.
territories and the uniformed services. Visit AAPA.org to learn more.