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RULE §181.6Physician's Prescriptions: Delegation

(a) These rules shall not be interpreted to prevent, or restrict a physician from treating or prescribing for the physician's patients or from directing or instructing others under the physician's control, supervision or instruction who assists those patients according to specific directions, orders, instructions, or prescriptions.

(b) If a physician's directions, instructions, orders, or prescriptions are to be performed or filled by an optician who is independent of the physician's office, the directions, instructions, orders or prescriptions must be:

  (1) in writing or verified under Tex. Occ. Code Section 353.1015;

  (2) of a scope and content and communicated to the optician in a form and manner that in the professional judgment of the physician best serves the health, safety, and welfare of the physician's patients; and

  (3) in form in detail consistent with the particular optician's skill and knowledge.

(c) A person holding a contact lens dispensing permit may take measurements of the eye or cornea and may evaluate the physical fit of the lenses for a particular patient of the physician and may instruct the patient in the use and care of the contact lenses if the physician has delegated in writing those responsibilities with regard to that specific patient to the contact lens dispenser.

Source Note: The provisions of this §181.6 adopted to be effective March 4, 1998, 23 TexReg 1950; amended to be adopted March 7, 2002, 27 TexReg 1488; amended to be effective September 20, 2007, 32 TexReg 6315

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