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September 12, 1990

Prescribing Psychologists

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Georgia Augusta

Medical College of Georgia Augusta

JAMA. 1990;264(10):1250. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450100040016

To the Editor.—  It seems that psychologists have joined the many other professional groups that seek to further their careers through legislation instead of education.Mr Evans1 apparently believes that unscheduled and schedule 4 drugs are benign and can be safely prescribed by someone with no medical training. I invite him to open any standard textbook of pharmacology and read the lists of adverse reactions, contraindications, and warnings that invariably accompany every medication on the market. A person without proper medical training is simply incompetent to evaluate the clinical and pharmacologic quandaries that inevitably arise in a certain percentage of patients for whom prescriptions are written.My advice to Mr Evans and all other psychologists who want a drug license is simple. If you want to prescribe medication for your patients, don't play doctor. Go to medical school and be one.2