Sec. 17435. (1) A licensee may administer and prescribe therapeutic pharmaceutical agents in
the course of his or her practice if the licensee is certified by the board as being
qualified to administer and prescribe therapeutic pharmaceutical agents pursuant to
(2) The board shall certify a licensee as qualified to administer and prescribe therapeutic
pharmaceutical agents if the licensee meets all of the following requirements:
(a) Has met the certification requirements to administer diagnostic pharmaceutical
agents under section 17412. 1
(b) Has successfully earned at least 10 quarter hours or 7 semester hours of credit
or successfully completed 100 classroom hours of study in courses relating to the
didactic and clinical use of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents from a school or college
of optometry that is recognized by the board as fully accredited.
(c) Has established a management plan in the event a patient has an ocular condition
or disease that may be related to a nonlocalized or systemic condition or disease
or to an adverse drug reaction, or that does not demonstrate adequate clinical progress
as a result of treatment. The plan shall meet the requirements of section 17412(2)(d). A licensee who has an emergency plan approved by the board under section 17412(2)(d)
at the time he or she applies for certification to administer and prescribe therapeutic
pharmaceutical agents is in compliance with this subdivision.
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