COVID-19 UPDATE NP Prescriptive Authority - Current Topics

COVID-19 UPDATE NP Prescriptive Authority

Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN or NP) Prescribing Authority in WV during COVID-19

Governor Jim Justice had issued an order expanding the prescriptive authority of NPs in WV on March 23, 2020.  This order was rescinded on March 26, 2020.  APRN prescriptive authority remains what is has been prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Executive Order from the Governor can be found at and details are on the WV Board of Nursing at

§19-8-5.  Drugs Excluded from Prescriptive Authority; Prescriptive Authority Requirements.

5.1.  The advanced practice registered nurse shall not prescribe from the following categories of drugs:

            5.1.a.  Schedules I and II of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act;

            5.1.b.  Antineoplastics;

            5.1.c.  Radio-pharmaceuticals; or

            5.1.d.  General anesthetics.

            5.1.e.  Drugs listed under Schedule III are limited to a 30 day supply without refill.

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