Articles by Sharyn Lee - Pharmaceutical Executive

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Articles by Sharyn Lee

Invisible Prescribers: What You Do and Don't Know About NPs and PAs

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.

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