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Week 4 DQ 1 NR 510According to Elder et.al (2014), a medical assistant does not have the authorization to prescribe medication. Medical assistants may call in routine refills that are exact and have no changes in the dosage levels. However, this must only be done under the direct supervision of a physician or a nurse practitioner. Medical assistants do not have the authorization to call in new prescriptions or any prescriptions that aren’t routine or have changes. The physician or nurse practitioner must be careful when determining what tasks their medical assistants are allowed to perform. The authority to prescribe or refill prescriptions is only granted to licensed personnel or those authorized by the law to do so (Chiarello, 2014). A refill must be documented in the patient’s chart as a standing order. Regardless if it’s a nurse practitioner or a doctor, all prescriptions must be authorized by one or the other in order to be considered legal.