The supervising physician may request approval for dispensing authority for the PA as part of the practice agreement. The supervising physician must be registered with the Board as a dispensing physician. The PA may not dispense medication until the Board notifies the supervising physician that the PA has been granted dispensing authority.
- Underserved dispensing may be requested for rural practice areas or medically underserved populations where pharmacy access is restricted to the patient because of geographic or financial restraints.
- General dispensing may be requested for urban practice areas: the PA may not dispense Schedule II* controlled substances; each facility from which the PA will dispense medications must be registered as a Supervising Physician Dispensing Outlet with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, www.oregon.gov/pharmacy; and the PA must complete a PA Drug Dispensing Training Program.
*Effective January 1, 2018, physician assistants with general dispensing authority may dispense Schedule III-IV controlled substances, which was previously prohibited. This change is a result of Senate Bill 423 (2017)