Supreme Court Case May Set Precedent for Psychiatric Drug Prescription Powers

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A news story and opinion article in Psychiatric News discuss a current US Supreme Court case that is considering whether non-dentists should be permitted...

Pharmaceutical Industry Gifts Linked to Costlier Prescribing Practices

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New study finds that pharmaceutical industry gifts to medical providers in Washington D.C. are associated with higher cost, higher volume prescribing behavior.

Restricting Pharma Reps Contact with Docs Decreases Prescriptions

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Implementing policies that regulate pharmaceutical sales representatives’ interaction with physicians may reduce prescription of promoted drugs.

“Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites”

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“The rising death rates for those young white adults, ages 25 to 34, make them the first generation since the Vietnam War years of the mid-1960s to experience higher death rates in early adulthood than the generation that preceded it,” the ‘Times reports.

Leah Harris and Tim Murphy Talk “Mental Illness and the Law”

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Today on Radio Times, U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), Mark Salzer, professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University, and Leah...

Prescription Privileges for Psychologists: Is Our Consent Fully Informed?

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This past June, Illinois became the 3rd state to allow psychologists to prescribe medications commonly used for psychiatric issues, after New Mexico and Louisiana have enacted similar laws.  When it comes to gambles for our profession, and frankly for the general public, it doesn’t really get much bigger than this. The following list provides a brief overview of some of the most serious issues that face this discussion, both for psychologists and the general public.