SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois legislative panel has signed off on a proposal that would allow psychologists in the state to prescribe medication to patients.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1nsnCZ3 ) the bill passed a House committee Thursday in Springfield on a 9-5 vote. It now heads to the full chamber.
The measure is sponsored by Rep. John Bradley, a Marion Democrat. He says letting psychologists prescribe drugs would help ease a doctor shortage in some areas of Illinois.
Psychologists would have receive specific training for prescription-writing privileges and be required to work with a coordinating physician.
But the measure is opposed by the Illinois State Medical Society. The physician's group says psychologists don't have enough medical training to safely dispense medication.
The bill is SB2187
Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com