Naturopaths May Soon Be Able To Prescribe Drugs In California

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Currently in California, Naturopaths can only prescribe drugs if being overseen by a M.D. or a D.O. A new law in California may change that and allow them to prescribe more drugs and order more tests. Naturopaths go to school for 4 years to become a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). Naturopaths combine acupuncture and herbal supplements with medicine. They’ll even be able to perform some surgeries without supervision from an MD. Many Medical Doctors are concerned with this potential change. Naturopaths don’t go through the same training as medical doctors do. But just as Nurse Practitioners have been given more responsibilities, this might be coming from the low amount of primary care doctors in California.

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