Alabama Board of Medical Examiners http://apr.org en Ala. Nurse Practitioners Seek Prescription Power http://apr.org/post/ala-nurse-practitioners-seek-prescription-power <P>The Alabama Senate Health Committee has passed a bill that will allow nurse practitioners and nurse midwives to write prescriptions for certain controlled substances.</P> <P>The committee's unanimous vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate for consideration.</P> <P>Proponents of the bill say it aims to increase access to medical care, especially in rural areas. They said some rural residents must travel 30 miles or more to get a prescription for cough syrup or to renew prescriptions.</P> <P>The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:36:13 +0000 The Associated Press 25789 at http://apr.org Ala. Nurse Practitioners Seek Prescription Power