Governor McMaster to sign physician assistant bill today
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Governor Henry McMaster will sign a bill that will give physician assistants more authority in their jobs.
The “Physician Assistant Act of 2019” will be signed at the State House at 11:30 a.m. today.
The bill will give assistants many perks like allowing them to prescribe up to five days of Schedule II drugs, instead of three previously.
The Post & Courier reports that under the new law, assistants will also not have to be located a certain distance from their supervisors.
The legislation also doubles the number of assistants physicians are allowed to have.
However, the new law won’t allow assistants to practice independently, which requires a licensed physician to supervise them.
Lawmakers voted to pass the act earlier this year.