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Does a psychiatrist have to prescribe medications until the

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Does a psychiatrist have to prescribe medications until the patient, after they've been fired by the physician, until they find a new psychiatrist? What is the exact law code in Tennessee for this? For example, TCA. 34 (IA)
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Legal
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 10 months ago.
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Unless the patient is in a life threatening emergency, the doctor does not have to continue to prescribe for the patient they terminate. If the patient needs more medications before they find a new doctor who will take them, then they need to go to the local hospital or emergency room. Actually, there is no TN code saying they have to write the prescriptions and there is no TN code saying he does not have to write prescriptions. He is no longer your doctor once he terminates you, so he does not have to write prescriptions for anyone not his/her patient.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Can he cancel prescriptions he has already written?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It's Lamictal. My mother cannot function without Lamictal.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
if the doctor takes away her prescription of Lamictal, even if the patient is in danger of having suicidal and/or homicidal ideations without Lamictal, what then?
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 10 months ago.
Thank you for your reply.
He cannot cancel a prescription that has been filled already, but he can cancel any refills if he chooses. You need to get her to another doctor before she runs out or to the emergency room if you cannot get her another doctor, those are your only two options.