While it’s not illegal for doctors to self-prescribe most types of medication (with the exception of controlled substances), researchers as well as the American Medical Association generally consider it a bad idea.
For one, doctors aren’t the most objective prescribers when they’re treating themselves.
Can doctors write prescriptions for family?
Under federal law, physicians are not specifically prohibited from self-prescribing or prescribing for friends and family. According the Opinion 8.19 of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics, “physicians generally should not treat themselves or members of their immediate families.”
Can any doctor prescribe any medication?
Technically, your primary care doctor can prescribe mental health medications, but that doesn’t mean that they want to or will. Most primary care doctors specialize in physical medicine and aren’t too familiar with mental illnesses.
Can doctors self prescribe Australia?
Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland, Tasmanian and South Australian laws do not appear to prohibit self-prescribing, prescribing for family or for a third party. Doctors practising in Victoria cannot prescribe any S4 or S8 medicines for themselves or for a third party.
Can doctors diagnose themselves?
Because of the risks, self-diagnosis is officially discouraged by governments, physicians, and patient care organizations. Even physicians are discouraged from engaging in self-diagnosis, because doctors also make mistakes in diagnosing themselves. By self-diagnosing, you may be missing something that you cannot see.