Prescribing Rights for ND's in BC!
April 19th, 2009 — Naturopaths in B.C. will now be able to prescribe drugs to their patients, making them the first alternative health-care providers in the country to do so.
'Expanding the role of midwives, registered nurses and naturopathic physicians allows B.C.s health system to offer more options for patients,' B.C. Minister of Health Services George Abbott said Thursday. New regulations, announced by Health Services Minister George Abbott on Thursday, also significantly expand the role of other health professionals, including midwives and registered nurses.
'Expanding the role of midwives, registered nurses and naturopathic physicians allows B.C.s health system to offer more options for patients,' Abbott said in a news release.
'British Columbians made it clear during the Conversation on Health that they want increased choice and better access to health services, and today we are meeting our 2008 throne speech commitment to expand the scope of practice for these professions.'
Dr. Christoph Kind, president of the B.C. Naturopathic Association, hailed the government move.
'Now we have the authority to be able to work with the pharmacy, with the pharmacists,' he said. 'It will also allow better co-management with other heath-care providers, including medical physicians, so I think all in all it's going to enhance the care that patients get in B.C.'
Naturopaths would be required to complete a new certification course before being allowed to prescribe drugs including hormones, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, Kind said.
Naturopathic medicine, practised by more than 300 registered naturopaths in B.C., has been a regulated health profession in the province since 1936.
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