The Department of Human Services Prescription Monitoring Program has issued an advisory warning about APNs and PAs prescribing Schedule II medications.
They have records indicating APNs (and PAs) have been prescribing and pharmacies filling controlled substances that are not currently authorized in either the Nurse Practice Act or the Controlled Substances Act Section 303.05, including 148 prescriptions for Fentanyl patches.
While it has been frustrating waiting for the DEA to act on the Illinois law allowing some Schedule II prescribing, it is VERY important that if you or any of your colleagues are doing this that you STOP now. It could impact your ability to practice as it is a disciplinary offense.
I have been in contact with DPR again, they are again checking with the DEA and do expect their approval in the near future. Not only will ISAPN immediately notify members, but IDFPR will place an announcement on their website with instructions on how to proceed to change their Illinois Controlled Substance License and then the DEA.
Sue Clark, RN