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Not seeing eye to eye: Optometrists, ophthalmologists battle over prescriptions (access required)

Optometrists want the ability to prescribe steroids, hydrocodone pain killers and other potentially dangerous drugs, but lawmakers say a bill allowing them to do so is circumventing the legislative process and would put the public at risk.

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