La. PAs get prescribing rights
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 6, 2004
Physician assistants in Louisiana have been granted permission to prescribe medicine by a new state law.
The Physician Supervised Prescriptive Authority Bill was signed into law by Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco in August.
On Sept. 22, the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners approved the first applications, granting prescriptive authority to more than 100 PAs in the state as of January 2005. Louisiana is the 47th state to allow prescriptive privileges to physician assistants, according to the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
The Louisiana State Medical Society opposed the legislation.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/12/06/prbf1206.htm.