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Telemedicine Companies Providing Prescription-Only Medications: Pros, Cons, and Proposed Guidelines.

Authors
  • Hariton, Eduardo1
  • Tracy, Erin E
  • 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Obstetrics and gynecology
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2019
Volume
134
Issue
5
Pages
941–945
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003529
PMID: 31599848
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of direct-to-consumer telehealth companies offering prescription medications to women. Leveraging technology, these companies have the potential to improve access to care and ensure that women have access to prescription-only medications in a convenient fashion. However, it is important to ensure that they are doing so in a safe, patient-centered way that observes evidence-based prescribing guidelines. In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of direct-to-consumer telehealth companies offering prescription medicine and suggest several guidelines to ensure that women are being cared for in an appropriate way.

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