General Prescribing Frequently Asked Questions For Practitioners
Can a controlled substances registration for a practitioner be registered to a home address?
No, a practitioner with controlled substance authority must be registered at a Nevada practicing address.
Can Buprenorphine (Subutex or Suboxone) be prescribed for pain?
Yes, Buprenorphine can be prescribed for pain if the doctor specifies it is for pain. An X DEA number is not required if Buprenorphine is being used for pain. Thus, if a Buprenorphine does not indicate it is for pain, it can only be filled if the practitioner has an X DEA number.
Can a practitioner write a prescription for himself or for “office use” to buy drugs from a pharmacy for administering or dispensing purposes?
No. A practitioner cannot write a prescription for himself or for “office use” to buy drugs from a pharmacy for administering or dispensing purposes. Instead, to obtain drugs from a pharmacy for administering or dispensing purposes a practitioner must provide the pharmacy with an order (it can be in the form of a note or letter) that contains at least:
- The practitioners name and address;
- The classification of the practitioner’s license;
- The name, strength and quantity of the drug sought; and
- The date of issue.
The pharmacy, when it fills the order, must provide to the physician an invoice with the drugs.
Can a prescribing practitioner prescribe CIII and CIV medication for a family member?
A dispensing practitioner cannot prescribe a CIII and CIV for himself/herself but may dispense a CIII or CIV for:
- His Spouse; Her Spouse
- His children; Her Children