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Prescriptive Authority

Prescriptive Authority

Wisconsin Statute 448.21(3) permits a physician assistant to issue a prescription order for a drug or device in accordance with rules promulgated by the Medical Examining Board.  PAs in Wisconsin are recognized as practitioners under state controlled substance law, s.961.01(19), which permits them to distribute and dispense controlled substances including schedule II through schedule V medications. Wisconsin PAs are recognized as individual practitioners under federal controlled substance law, s.21 CFR 1300.01(17)(28), and are eligible to apply for mid-level provider DEA registration numbers.  There is no requirement for physician cosignature on charts or prescriptions in WI. PAs undergo an initial and at least annual prescriptive practice review with their physician partners. 

Related Resources:

WI Statute 448.21
WI Chapter Med 8 Link

WAPA Resource Library (Member-Only):

WI Chapter Med 8 PDF