Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are authorized to prescribe medications in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, with varying limits for physician counter-signing and controlled substances. Industry marketing to NPs and PAs has increased markedly in recent years to roughly 20 million detail visits in 2006, a 20% increase over 2004. The 86% of physician assistants who see pharmaceutical sales reps on a weekly basis have an average of 6.8 detailer interactions each week. Pharmacists have some prescribing authority in at least 25 states.
Download the full PDF for more information.