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Can doctors write prescriptions online?

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In the United States, board-certified physicians can issue online prescriptions for certain types of medications. However, licensed physicians are only allowed to write an electronic prescription in states where the practice of telemedicine is legal, states American Well.

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Practitioners on American Well offer remote consultations and prescription services to patients via the Web. However, clinical guidelines mandate that these doctors can only issue online prescriptions for conditions that don't necessitate a personal visit to a healthcare provider. Patients can obtain an e-prescription for asthma or birth control refills, antibiotics and allergy treatment products.

Medical specialists on MeMD also provides telehealth services, including e-prescriptions. MeMD physicians, however, do not authorize the purchase of elective drugs, narcotic pain relievers and other restricted medications, notes MeMD.

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