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A nurse practitioner who reads my blog is concerned about how medication prescriptions are processed at her facility. Refills are sent to the pharmacy via the electronic medical records system, which allows prescriptions to be refilled before she issues her approval. She is concerned about her legal liability.
At the NP’s facility, when RNs or certified medical assistants order e-prescriptions, they send it to the patient’s healthcare provider for approval or rejection around the same time they send it to the pharmacy.
The NP personally wants to accept or reject a refill request prior to the prescription being filled. Moreover, she does not want her name used to refill prescriptions that she has not authorized. She also points out that neither RNs nor CMAs have prescriptive authority in her state.