According to Kentucky law (KRS 314.011), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) have been authorized to prescribe non-scheduled legend drugs and controlled substances to their patients/clients after acquiring a written collaborative agreement with a physician licensed in Kentucky. Before an APRN engages in prescribing or dispensing non-scheduled legend drugs, the APRN must enter into a written collaborative agreement for prescriptive authority for non-scheduled drugs (CAPA-NS).
Before the APRN is authorized to prescribe controlled substances to their patients/clients they must acquire a collaborative agreement (CAPA-CS) with a physician licensed in Kentucky in the same or similar practice. This collaborative agreement must meet the criteria established in KRS 314.042. The administrative regulation 201 KAR 20:057 establishes Advanced Practice Registered Nurse scope and standards of practice.
The following document will be helpful in selecting a collaborating physician.
Defining Same or Similar Practice
Diazepam (Valium), clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), and alprazolam (Xanax): Prescriptions for these medications shall be limited to a thirty (30) day supply without any refills.
Carisoprodol (Soma): Prescriptions for this medication shall be limited to a thirty (30) day supply without any refills.
Combination hydrocodone products in liquid or solid dosage form: Prescriptions for these medications shall be limited to a thirty (30) day supply without any refills.
Laws & Regulations on APRN Prescriptive Authority
The document: The Laws and Regulations on APRN Prescriptive Authority [PDF Fomat - 19KB] may be helpful.
Call Morgan Ransdell, General Counsel, at 502-429-3339.