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Physician Law Blog
April 20, 2023

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends on May 11, 2023: What Telehealth Prescribers Need to Know

Providers working for telehealth companies can currently prescribe schedule II-V medications via telehealth by adhering to the federal guidelines below and calling prescriptions into the patient’s pharmacy. This avenue remains open at least until May 11, 2023[1], due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (“PHE”) and the public emergency exception contained within the Ryan Haight Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (“RHA”).[2]

[1] H.R. 382, A bill to terminate the public health emergency declared with respect to COVID-19, STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY, EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET (Jan. 30, 2023),

[2] The RHA was intended to stop controlled substances sales through online pharmacies by requiring an in-person examination of any person seeking a prescription for such substances. See 21 U.S.C. § 802, (available at

Physician Law Blog
March 10, 2021

The Missouri Supreme Court Upholds a Jury’s Award of Punitive Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case but Issues a Strong Warning to Future Litigants

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the Missouri Supreme Court in Rhoden v. Missouri Delta Medical Center upheld a Scott County jury’s award of $300,000 in punitive damages.  The Court held that the facts in the record met the Plaintiff’s burden of proving “defendant[s] showed a complete indifference to or conscious disregard for the safety of others.”