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Pharmacy Board

The Nevada Board of Pharmacy regulates prescription medications, which they also call "dangerous drugs."  

The main issue to be aware of is that a Mid-level or Doctor must see a patient every six months to be able to prescribe medications to that patient.  This must be in person, face to face.  These regulations are covered here, under NRS 453.3643. 

If a physician gives a patient a B12 shot in his office, that is a de facto prescription.  A prescription is not just a written piece of paper.  It is the giving or ordering of a prescription medication.   Sending a nurse or EMT to a hotel room to give a patient a bag of saline is a prescription.  It is also "dispensing dangerous drugs."  Dispensing prescription medications is a whole different subject, as the Nevada Board of Pharmacy also regulates that.

Only a physician or mid-level can take prescription medications away from the medical clinic to administer to a patient.  To do otherwise requires a license from the Board of Health, usually for a Home Health Agency.  But, even with Home Health, a prescription must be written by a mid-level of doctor for the Home Health and they must have physically seen the patient in the last six months.  Home Health Agency Licenses are not easy to get and take about a year to get through the application process.

An example of how this works and how it can go wrong can be found in this article where a Nevada doctor was prescribing blood pressure medications over the internet to patients he had not physically seen.

Other rules regarding prescription medications can be found in NRS 454.213 and NAC 454.

NRS 454.215 lists who can dispense a prescription medication.  An RN or EMT/Paramedic is not valid, unless the RN works for a rural health program or county health department.

This website is purely informational.  It is not endorsed by any government agency or regulatory board.  You may use the information at your own risk.  Call the appropriate agency with any questions.