Physiotherapists and podiatrists in England are to get the right to prescribe medicines by themselves.
Ministers agreed to the change in the law after carrying out a consultation, but it will be 2014 before it is fully rolled out.
When physios and podiatrists do start prescribing they will become the first in the world to be given such powers.
And it will mean patients do not have to go back to GPs to get drugs such as anti-inflammatories and painkillers.
via BBC Health 23 July 2012, at