Selected Commentary


Prescribing to self and family

This issue continues to cause concern in a number of situations.  Council wishes to remind members of the following provision of the Code of Ethics, which Council believes is self-explanatory:

“limit treatment of yourself or members of your immediate family to minor or emergency services and only when another physician is not readily available; there should be no fee for such treatment.”

In addition, the regulation on professional misconduct makes the following improper at any time:

prescribing, selling, administering, distributing, ordering, or giving any drug legally classified as a controlled substance or recognized as an addictive or dangerous drug to a family member or to himself or herself;