Writing a Prescription for Controversy

Psychologists and psychiatrists may seem like two sides of the same medical coin, but there has always been one thing that separates them: the power of the prescription pad. Last week New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson leveled the field, signing a bill that makes his state the first to offer Ph.D. psychologists the same prescribing rights as M.D. psychiatrists. The move has sparked renewed debate about just who is qualified to prescribe to whom. Says Dr. Neil Arnet, an Albuquerque psychiatrist: "They got through legislation what they needed to have gotten through training and education."

Whatever the psychiatrists think, the psychologists...

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