I have a very close friend of mine who just recently lost his father. He’s also working a full-time career job. I speak to him daily and has been exhibiting signs of mild depression and generalized anxiety disorder. I wrote him a prescription for escitalopram 5 mg daily with instructions to follow up with his primary doctor whenever he can. His wife who is also a physician although in a surgical subspecialty became very upset at me and stated that this is a reportable offense and we cannot prescribe medications without documentation stating that you have examined and evaluated the patient.
Is there any legal merit to this? I thought that once you have become a prescribing physician you can prescribe to people who you see fit with obvious limitations on narcotics. We obviously all hear about family members asking us for antibiotics or other prescriptions but is it technically illegal to prescribe without some documentation?
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