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My wife and I manage a medical practice. We would like to

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My wife and I manage a medical practice. We would like to be able to take a patient who comes into the office and have their vitals taken by a medical assistant (which we know is legal) and then put them on skype to have a conversation/interview with a nurse practitioner (who basically functions like the doctor). Is it legal to have the nurse practitioner do their interview/exam with the patient over skype and then have the nurse order blood work and prescribe appetite suppressants?

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The NP may not prescribe medicine (including appetite suppressants) via skype or other telemedicine procedures. California requires that a physical examination take place by the prescribing medical provider.

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