Prescription Privileges for Psychologists

Prescribing psychotropic medications is in the works. Consider how much drug companies stand to benefit. Even the American Medical Association cannot stand in the way of this juggernaut — profit — it can only delay the inevitable and the consequences.

Today, the New York Times ran a piece on the recent trend of a few states requiring drug companies to disclose their largest recipients of gifts. The results show that psychiatrists are the largest recipients of donations. You can read the article here.

Those doctors that received drug company gifts were more likely to prescribe drugs in general, but specifically the new class of atypical antipsychotics. They were also more likely to prescribe those drugs to children, even though the use of those drugs with children has not yet been approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

What does this have to do with psychologists? Well, if psychologists start prescribing psychotropic medications, we too, will become subject to the gifts of drug companies, unless stringent measures are put in place. It’s a topic that deserves more attention.

Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.

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