Rhode Island ODs achieve oral prescribing rights

Passut, Jena
September 2008
Primary Care Optometry News;Sep2008, Vol. 13 Issue 9, p6
The article focuses on a law in Rhode Island that gives oral medication privileges to state optometrists and also requires electronic prescribing. According to Stephen M. Montaquila, president of the Rhode Island Optometric Association (RIOA), the plan of the state department of health to update the statute presents an opportunity for optometrists to modernize their practice act by including oral prescribing privileges and the electronic prescribing factor. The law allows the prescription of all oral drugs except Schedule I and Schedule II narcotics.


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