Florida bill advances

March 12, 2013

Last week, the Florida Senate voted 10-3 to approve SB 278, a bill which would grant additional prescribing authority to optometrists.

 

Tallahassee, FL-Last week, the Florida Senate voted 10-3 to approve SB 278, a bill which would grant additional prescribing authority to optometrists.

The bill grants optometrists the ability to prescribe oral medications. The language of SB 278 states: “requiring a certified optometrist to complete a course and examination on general and ocular pharmaceutical agents before administering or prescribing oral ocular pharmaceutical agents.”

The bill has moved to the Appropriations Committee.

A similar bill, HB 239,  is in the Florida House Health & Human Services Committee.