Review Article

Establishing Guidelines for Internet-based Prescribing

Authors: James N. Thompson, MD


State medical boards are the primary vehicles by which medical practice is regulated in the United States. Their authority is established in state statutes, and their mandate is to protect the public through a system of 1) professional licensure to ensure that only qualified, competent physicians provide health care services and 2) regulation whereby standards of professional practice are established and enforced.

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1. Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc. Model Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of the Internet in Medical Practice. Available at: Accessed May 16, 2003.