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Prescriptive Authority


Formulary Rules Changed in 2008

The passage of SB 1062 as proposed by Nurse Practitioners of Oregon directed the State Board of Nursing to remove from rule the requirement for a specific prescribing formulary based on Drug Facts and Comparisons. The new rules removed these references and replaced sections with general prescribing principles to be included in Division 56.

The Board directed that:

  • FDA approval be retained as a requirement for prescribing 
  • Exceptions to FDA approval be added to include expanded access and IRB authorized clinical trials 
  • General exceptions based upon federal prohibitions be referenced but not exhaustively listed 
  • Orphan drugs should be listed as specifically permitted for prescribing

The full rules of NP prescribing authority in Oregon can be found at:

Tamper Proof Prescriptions

The Oregon State Board of Pharmacy has published new criteria which defines "tamper proof” prescriptions for the purpose of new federal regulations. The state of Oregon does not define a specific vendor which must be used. More information regarding this issue may be found at:

Continuing Education and Pain Management CE

The Board continues to receive many inquiries regarding the one time pain management CE requirement for all nurses as well as the CNS and NP specific continuing education requirements for renewal. Links to the Board's information regarding pain management CE may be found at:

Links to a form which may be used to track CE for Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists may be located at:

Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The Oregon Public Health Division convened the Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force in the spring of 2016 to develop statewide guidelines for clinicians and health care organizations. The goal was to address the epidemic of opioid use, misuse and overdose by providing a consistent framework for optimizing care and improving patient safety at the local and regional level.


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