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Prescribing Practices

Prescribing Practices - General

The WSMA supports the physician's legal right to diagnose illnesses and injuries, prescribe a method of treatment, and dispense prescription medication. (Reaffirmed A-23)

The WSMA believes it unethical for a physician to be influenced in the prescribing of drugs or devices by their direct or indirect financial interest in a pharmaceutical firm or other supplier. (Reaffirmed A-23)

The WSMA believes that a patient is entitled to a copy of their prescription for glasses, drugs, or devices and they have the privilege of having the prescription filled wherever they wish. (JC 8.06-87) (Reaffirmed A-23)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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