Please also see the Podiatry FAQ page for questions which generally address the scope of practice for Podiatrists Writing Prescriptions.
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Notice to all Controlled Substances Registrants
(Senate Bill 195 - 84th Session/2015)
Senate Bill 195 (84th Legislative Session; 2015) eliminated the requirement for a practitioner to have a Controlled Substances Registration with the State of Texas, effective Sept. 1, 2016.
Please contact the Texas State Board of Pharmacy with any questions regarding the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program, and AWARxE, including registration and prescription pad ordering information.
Abuse/Misuse of Prescriptions or Pain Medications and Drug Diversion Prevention
If you are a Podiatric Physician, please click on the following link to learn more about the Abuse/Misuse of Prescriptions/Pain Medications/Drug Diversion in accordance with the provisions of Senate Bill 144 (effective January 1, 2004; 78th Texas Legislature).
To report suspected Prescription Fraud or Drug Diversion, contact theUnited States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Office of Diversion Control.
Prescribing Compounded Medications, Kickbacks, and Health Care Fraud
Various providers prescribe compounded medications to treat their patient's ailments; provided that medical necessity, medical rationale and the standard of care for its use are evident for best patient outcomes.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has additional "Compounding and the FDA: Questions and Answers" available on their website.
A health care provider or other person engages in an illegal kickback scheme when he or she offers, solicits, pays, or accepts money, or something of value, in exchange for the referral of a patient for health care services that may be paid for by Medicare or Medicaid.
The patient's health and well-being must always take precedence over the business of medicine and the money that might be made in treating patients. Prescribers usually do not benefit monetarily when a prescription is written. The exception however is if the prescriber owns (or is a partial owner or investor) of a pharmacy or in some other way receives monetary value for writing a prescription. Kickbacks are illegal. The patient must be afforded the choice at which pharmacy to fill a prescription.
Health Care Fraud
- To report suspected "Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, Waste & Abuse" (to include "Federal Stark Law/False Claims Act/Anti-Kickback Statute/Physician Self-Referral Law") call toll free 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477). This service is a product of the United States Department of Health & Human Services - Office of Inspector General.
- To report "Texas Anti-Solicitation - Solicitation of Patients" complaints & "Deceptive Trade Practices" complaints, contact theTexas Attorney General's Office - Consumer Protection Division.