How many prescriptions are written each year by nurse practitioners and physician assistants? It could be 200 million. Not that anyone is counting.
Mar 1, 2006
Before a pharmaceutical company dispatches a sales rep to a medical practice, the marketing department learns some basic facts about the physician: how many new prescriptions she's written, how many refills, and how much upside prescribing growth she might generate. What the rep usually doesn't know: who else—nurse practitioners and physician assistants—prescribes medications in the office, at a nearby clinic, or sometimes in a separate practice just down the hall.