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Bill would allow Alabama nurse practitioners to write prescriptions

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) -

A bill which will give nurse practitioners and midwives the authority to write prescriptions for some controlled substances is a step closer to becoming law in Alabama.

Today a House committee voted for the bill sponsored by Jasper Senator Greg Reed. The bill has already cleared the Senate.

A nurse practitioner is a nurse who is trained to see and treat patients but in Alabama they can't prescribe certain drugs that they can't under current law. Reed wants to change that.

"If you allow folks to be treated especially in rural areas, in clinics staffed by practitioners in their communities, then that means their patients don't have to wait until their health issue is more serious," Reed said.

The bill would be limited to the authority registered certified nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives but not registered nurses. The bill requires there should be an agreement with a collaborative physician before nurse practitioners or midwives can issue prescriptions.

The Medical Association of Alabama and the Alabama Medical Examiners Association are backing the bill. Reed said Alabama is only one of two states not to allow this practice.

"We are losing nurse practitioners that were training in our great schools in Alabama. In leaving the state because they had such a scope of restrictive practice because of all of the states around us," Reed said.

Reed believes the bill will open up healthcare access especially in the rural areas of Alabama.

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