South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses

Controlled Substance committee

Posted over 1 year ago by Vicky Stone-Gale

In accordance with HB 423, the Florida Board of Nursing has established a committee to recommend a formulary of controlled substances that an ARNP may or may not prescribe for specific uses or in limited quantities.

The Controlled Substances Formulary Committee must consist of three ARNPs recommended by the Board of Nursing; three physicians recommended by the Board of Medicine who are licensed under chapter 458 or 459, Florida Statutes, and have experience with ARNPs; and a pharmacist licensed under chapter 465, Florida Statutes, who holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is recommended by the Board of Pharmacy.

Appointed members include:

Doreen Cassarino, DNP, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANP from Naples (who will serve as chair of the committee)
Vicky Stone-Gale, DNP, FNP-C, MSN from Plantation
Jim Quinlan, DNP, ARNP from Williston
Bernardo B. Fernandez, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP from Coral Gables
Joshua D. Lenchus, DO, RPh, FACP, SFHM from Davie
Eduardo C. Oliveira, MD, MBA, FCCP from Orlando
Jeffrey Mesaros, PharmD, JD from Orlando

The first meeting was last week 6/29 in Orlando and it was a great meeting with all members making positive comments regarding the proposed formulary. There was also public comments that were made via letters sent in, as well as from audience members. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, 7/14 at 2 pm at Florida Hospital Association headquarters in Orlando.  All meetings are open to the public and testimony is welcome.