Saturday, April 6, 2013

FL ODs Finally Win Right to Prescribe

“A decades-long battle between Florida's optometrists and ophthalmologists -- nicknamed the "eyeball wars" – is finally over,” according to the Sun Sentinel. “The Florida Senate, in a 40-0 vote, sent a measure to Gov. Rick Scott Thursday that effectively ended a long battle between the two politically powerful groups by allowing optometrists to prescribe a limited array of drugs while also putting in new protections for patients…The compromise allows optometrists to prescribe 14 oral drugs, including certain antibiotics and anti-glaucoma drugs but not controlled substances, after taking a course and passing an exam. Additionally, the measure clarifies that optometrists cannot perform surgery and requires them to report any bad medical outcomes to the state, as ophthalmologists are required to do today.” Read more.

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