Dr. Christian Hageseth, a Colorado psychiatrist, was sentenced to 9 months in prison today for practicing medicine in California without a license. He prescribed Prozac to a college student in California over the internet after reviewing his online application.
His case is one of the first criminal prosecutions of a practitioner of "telemedicine," the furnishing of medical advice by phone or the Internet, for failing to have a license in the patient's state.
Two months after filling the prescription, the student killed himself. While there were trace amounts of Prozac in his system, it was later determined the prozac did not cause or contribute to his suicide. [More...]
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