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Is a dental hygienist allowed to sign the doctors RX for CHX with DR. approval?

Ask the Expert ForumCategory: PharmacologyIs a dental hygienist allowed to sign the doctors RX for CHX with DR. approval?
Avatarguestuser Staff asked 7 years ago

Is a dental hygienist allowed to sign the doctors RX for CHX with DR. approval?

1 Answers
Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhDAnn Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD Staff answered 12 months ago

No – dental hygienists in the United States are not legally allowed to sign a prescription for any drug, including chlorhexidine, even with the doctor”s permission. Signing your name or the doctor”s name could be interpreted as a violation of the prescribing laws under the state dental practice act. However, I believe that Oregon is the only exception, and is a state that allows dental hygienists to issue prescriptions for chlorhexidine. When in doubt, consult your state dental practice act and check under the regulations related to prescribing drugs.