Destruction of Medicine? A Bill to Allow Prescriptions by AI

Artificial Intelligence…as your prescriber?

Nia Pure Nature

On September 30, 2021, David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) introduced a bill (HR5457) that, if enacted, would qualify AI as a medical practitioner, eligible to prescribe drugs.

Whoa there. That puts the conversation about the professional sovereignty of physicians in a whole different context — and sadly, that reformist context has been there all along. Let’s first look at the text of the bill. It says the following:

“To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify that artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies can qualify as a practitioner eligible to prescribe drugs if authorized by the State involved and approved, cleared, or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, and for other purposes.”

The part where it says “for other purposes” is interesting. What if AI determines that something is safe and effective — and it should be mandated? It’s hard to debate with AI. The…

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