Major Scope Expansion! Hb 2380 Signed by Governor Brewer on April 30, 2014
Governor Brewer signed into law HB 2380, which expands the scope of practice for optometrists in Arizona.
When the law goes into effect on July 24, 2014, optometrists holding the Pharmaceutical Agent certificate will now be able to prescribe oral medications for the treatment of angle-closure glaucoma, including carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, as well as oral steroids.
The requirement for referral/consultation with the primary care physician or other specialist has been removed from the language.
Please see the chaptered version of the amended law at http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/51leg/2r/laws/0262.pdf