Lawmakers OK bill on testosterone prescriptions

Lawmakers OK bill on testosterone prescriptions

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A bill to let naturopathic doctors prescribe testosterone to patients has been approved by Utah lawmakers.

The Senate approved House Bill 108 on Thursday. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Douglas Aagard, R-Kaysville, now goes to the governor.

Sen. Dennis Stowell, R-Parowan, says naturopaths must go through four years of college, four years of medical school and a yearlong internship before being allowed to practice in Utah.

Doctors licensed as naturopaths already can prescribe estrogen for their female patients.

The restrictions on testosterone came about because of concerns over athletes using the hormone for performance enhancement.

Information from: Deseret News

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