Missouri medicine law still not in effect


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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 2008 Missouri law expanding the ability of thousands of specially trained nurses to write
prescriptions still has not been implemented.

State officials cite a variety of reasons.

- The boards that oversee doctors and nurses could not initially agree on the wording of a rule about how they should work together.
That rule still has not been published for public comment.

- The health department is still working on a rule for nurse practitioners seeking certification to prescribe controlled substances.

- And the health department says it could take hundreds of thousands of dollars to update a prescription database to include
nurse practitioners.

Sen. Delbert Scott, of Lowry City, sponsored the 2008 law. He says the delay is "a great example of the barriers of government."