29 April 2020

Can I prescribe a medicine based on a remote consultation?

Our Clinical Adviser answers this question in the latest Clinical Adviser Files.

“I am an optometrist independent prescriber. Can I prescribe a prescription only medicine based on my findings and working diagnosis from a remote consultation?”

Our Clinical Adviser, Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, answers this query in the latest issue of the Clinical Adviser Files.

Every month our advisers share a professional, clinical or ethical question, complete with their expert advice and useful links to additional information. The COVID-19 crisis, and our lives in lockdown, has given Daniel, and Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom, the opportunity to explore the more out-of-the-ordinary queries that reflect the adapted ways in which members are currently practising.

Read the full answer now.

Members can contact the College's clinical advisers with queries during office hours. Email or call 020 7766 4372.

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This article was correct at time of publication. 

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