Nurse-Midwives can now prescribe meds

April 10, 2009 2:43:13 PM PDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Hundreds of nurse-midwives in Pennsylvania now can write drug prescriptions for their patients. A new law that took effect this month ends Pennsylvania's status as the only state that withheld that authority from nurse-midwives.

There are about 330 nurse-midwives in the state. In order to write prescriptions, nurse-midwives will need a master's degree or the equivalent, national certification, as well as ongoing training in pharmacology.

The law also allows nurse-midwives to prescribe medical devices, immunizing agents and laboratory tests.

The Legislature passed the law in 2007, but it required regulatory reviews before it could take effect.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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