- Jan 7, 2014
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Actually, any MD in the States or Canada can prescribe anti-psychotics. Please provide a reference that says otherwise.
What does a psychologist have to do with anything? Last I knew, psychologists are conferred PsyD or PhD degrees, so they cannot prescribe any sort of medication.
Her doctor's name is in the report as the prescriber. Her specialty is not provided. Even if it is psychiatry, you have no way of knowing that she is competent or her level do experience.
I still don't understand how the date of 1/11/2013 tells us anything factual other than the date the pharmacy filled her prescription. The prescription could have been issued six months prior and obviously there were some changes. EL had at least 10 more pills than the 60 prescribed for two of her meds. What law says the dosage on the prescription always matches at any given time. There is such a thing as titration. A doctor will agree to altering doses of meds verbally or in writing in between visits when a patient is experiencing troublesome side effects, but the the original script is not revised in the interim.
I have yet to see a prescription label that includes that original prescription date, and I question that they even can list it given privacy laws. They usually simply give the date of the last refill supplied at the pharmacy. The origin of the prescription can be inferred if the number of refills is printed. I still do not see how one can state with absolute certainty how much of any one drug or in what combos EL should have been taking them. There is a personal medicine history on file, and without talking to EL or her doctor we have know way of knowing what she was taking and why.
Okay, well it seems I was wrong and any kind of MD in the US and Canada can prescribe psychiatric medication (that's illegal where I live).
However, most doctors will probably not do it because their license is on the line if something goes wrong especially with that kind of medication and especially if it's a serious problem (like maybe suicide), so they'll refer these patients to psychiatrists. Doctors aren't allowed to practice medicine outside of their training post and hence shouldn't prescribe medication other than in connection with that post.
Well, usually if there's a chance the dosage will be altered they won't give a refill one. Patients who are on psych drugs must be monitored closely, too, because of the side effects and especially because suicide risk. So it's not like psychiatrists will prescribe you 6 months worth of medication supplies and then you go see them again in 6 months, you'll probably see them sooner than that, maybe once a month or even once a week depending on the severity of your disease.