Alabama Board of Medical Examiners

2013 Legislative Session
7:36 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Ala. Nurse Practitioners Seek Prescription Power

The Alabama Senate Health Committee has passed a bill that will allow nurse practitioners and nurse midwives to write prescriptions for certain controlled substances.


The committee's unanimous vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate for consideration.


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.

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