PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST:
WHY PSYCHOLOGISTS PRESCRIBING LEGISLATION IS DANGEROUS TO PATIENTS
A2170 fails to require sufficient education and training and would place patients at risk.
The proposed legislation does not require any specialized training courses or clinical supervision in pediatrics, placing a very vulnerable population at risk.
Quality Patient Care Must Include a Comprehensive Evaluation
Psychologists, as non-physician prescribers, will not have the knowledge, training or clinical experience to understand the implications of pre-existing and co-existing medical conditions
Only physicians, with their plenary training, have unlimited and independent prescriptive authority, and only the SBME has the expertise to regulate such far reaching responsibilities.
Vulnerable Populations are Unprotected by this Legislation
While A2170 requires interaction with a patient’s physician of record, it falls short of true collaboration or supervision required of other physician extenders like physician assistants and APNs, whose practice acts guarantee direct access to the highest trained provider.
This Legislation Places NO Restrictions on the Types of Medications Psychologists Can Prescribe
Speaking to the psychiatric physicians of the American Psychiatric Association Assembly Meeting November 9, 2013
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“Only someone with a medical degree and training, like all of you, can make those diagnoses and prescribe the necessary medications for people with a brain-related illness.”
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Don’t let psychologists prescribe drugs
Dr. Consuelo Cagande: Don’t let psychologists prescribe drugs
During the last state legislative session, New Jersey psychologists aggressively lobbied for a bill that would grant them the authority to write prescriptions for any drug in the Physician Desk Reference. Under the proposed legislation, non-physician psychologists with a master’s degree and 400 hours of training would be able to write prescriptions for some of the most powerful psychotropic medications available on the market today.
Read the full article from Asbury Park Press on April 13, 2016 by clicking here.
N.J. bills allowing psychologists to prescribe medications would harm patients
As a licensed medical doctor and practicing psychiatrist in New Jersey, I am very concerned that the state Legislature is considering bills A2892 and S1864. This legislation would allow psychologists to prescribe medications; it would, in effect, confer a license to practice medicine without a medical education.
Read the full article on nj.com by clicking here.
Only medical doctors should be allowed to prescribe medication
Newly appointed executive director of NJ Psychiatric Association says proposed legislation will endanger patients
Read the full article on myCentralJersey.com by clicking here.
News on A2892/S1864
TRENTON — Psychiatrists in New Jersey have launched an online campaign they hope will torpedo “risky” legislation that gives psychologists the authority to write prescriptions.
The New Jersey Psychiatric Association unveiled a new website, ProtectNJpatients.com, that explains why the state legislature, the governor and the public should oppose the bill that passed the Assembly in June. To view the full article on nj.com click here.