Q:

4/16/2013
If physician closing practice suddenly, as in case of sudden death of MD, can office release extract to patients themselves with standard instructions and warnings? Does MD have to sign out the extract, does a new MD office have to be identified or can pt. find new MD office themselves. Thanks.

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

Certainly your questions are pertinent. However, the legal aspects of your inquiries are best answered locally because laws in this regard vary from state to state, and are best answered by an attorney. I would suggest your contacting your local medical society which should be able to give you further help with your inquiry. Our Academy is not equipped to deal with legal type questions that may vary from state to state, and clearly require legal advice.

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology