Frequently Asked Questions - Internet Prescribing and Practicing

Is it legal for my doctor to advise me over the Internet and/or telephone about my medical condition?

No. Business and Professions Code section 2290.5 describes telehealth as the practice of health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data, and education using interactive audio, video, or data communication.

Is it legal for me to order drugs/prescriptions/medications from the Internet?

Business and Professions Code section 2242 states that, with very limited exceptions, prescription drugs must be prescribed by a physician after an appropriate examination has been performed and a medical indication for the prescription has been determined. Ordering drugs without a relationship with a physician is potentially dangerous.