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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Gamma Ray, Apr 8, 2002.

  1. Gamma Ray

    Gamma Ray Member
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    Apr 1, 2002
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    Are doctors allowed to prescribe medication when they are not working, like for family or friends if they diagnose a problem? Are they allowed to prescribe medications for themselfs?
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  2. rxfudd

    rxfudd 1K Member
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    Feb 13, 2001
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    Theoretically, a doctor should not be prescribing medication for people without a solid understanding of their medical history. Even though a doc may know his family and their health problems well, he would still need their chart to be able to make the appropriate decisions. Same goes for self diagnosis - in theory, one should let an outside professional make these kinds of decisions so that you can get unbiased healthcare.

    HOWEVER - it happens ALL the time - and as long as it is medically sound, there are no laws preventing it. I worked as a pharmacy tech for about a year and I cannot count the number of times a doc would walk up to the window and write the script for himself or a family member right there in line. In most cases, it's probably harmless. The scripts were usually for something they had been getting for a long time (meds for blood pressure, insulin needles, etc).

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