I was speaking with a resident recently who said that it was illegal for him to write a prescription for a non-patient. I went online and read a few things. Here's what I found:

1. Massachusetts has a law that requires you to document history and
physical when prescribing a medication for a non-patient. As far as I know it's the only state that has this law.

2. North Carolina requires all prescriptions to be documented. (A few
states have similar laws but I don't know exactly which ones).

3. Majority of the sates have no laws regarding writing
prescriptions for non-patients, as long as it's not a controlled

4. AMA has ethical guidelines on this issue the bottom line of which
is that it's NOT considered unethical to write prescriptions for
non-patients if the illness is minor or short-term. They do not recommend writing prescriptions for non-patients.

I thought I'd throw this out there to see if anyone has any thoughts on this or maybe wants to add/correct something.