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WVC 30 - 15 - 7 A §30-15-7a. Prescriptive authority for prescription drugs; collaborative relationship with physician requirements; promulgation of rules; classification of drugs to be prescribed; consultation with other boards; coordination with board of pharmacy.

(a) The board shall, in its discretion, authorize a nurse-midwife to prescribe prescription drugs in a collaborative relationship with a physician licensed to practice in West Virginia and in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. An authorized nurse-midwife may write or sign prescriptions or transmit prescriptions verbally or by other means of communication.

(b) For purposes of this section an agreement to a collaborative relationship for practice between a physician and a nurse-midwife shall be set forth in writing. Verification of such agreement shall be filed with the board by the nurse-midwife. The board shall forward a copy of such verification to the board of medicine. Collaborative agreements shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Mutually agreed upon written guidelines or protocols for prescriptive practice as it applies to the nurse-midwife's clinical practice;

(2) Statements describing the individual and shared responsibilities of the nurse-midwife and the physician pursuant to the collaborative agreement between them;

(3) Periodic and joint evaluation of prescriptive practice; and

(4) Periodic and joint review and updating of the written guidelines or protocols.

(c) The board shall promulgate legislative rules in accordance with the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code governing the eligibility and extent to which a nurse-midwife may prescribe drugs. Such rules shall provide, at a minimum, a state formulary classifying those categories of drugs which shall not be prescribed by nurse-midwives, including, but not limited to, Schedules I and II of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, anticoagulants, antineoplastics, radio-pharmaceuticals and general anesthetics. Drugs listed under schedule III shall be limited to a seventy-two hour supply without refill.

(d) The board shall consult with other appropriate boards for development of the formulary.

(e) The board shall transmit to the board of pharmacy a list of all nurse-midwives with prescriptive authority. The list shall include:

(1) The name of the authorized nurse-midwife;

(2) The prescriber's identification number assigned by the board; and

(3) The effective date of prescriptive authority.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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