4725-5-19 Utilizing controlled substances for self and family members.

(A) Accepted and prevailing standards of care presuppose a professional relationship between a patient and optometrist when the optometrist is prescribing controlled substances. By definition, an optometrist may never have such a relationship with himself or herself. Thus, an optometrist may not self-prescribe or self-administer controlled substances.

(B) Accepted and prevailing standards of care require that an optometrist maintain detached professional judgment when utilizing controlled substances in the treatment of family members. An optometrist shall utilize controlled substances when treating a family member only in an ocular emergency situation which shall be documented in the patient's record.

(C) For purposes of this rule, "family member" means a spouse, parent, child, sibling or other individual in relation to whom an optometrist's personal or emotional involvement may render that optometrist unable to exercise detached professional judgment in reaching diagnostic or therapeutic decisions.

Failure to comply with all or part of this rule constitutes a violation of divisions B)(3), (B)(9) and/or (B)(13) of section 4725.19 of the Revised Code.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/08/2014 and 04/08/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.032
Statutory Authority: 4725.09 , 4725.091
Rule Amplifies: 4725.091
Prior Effective Dates: 7/28/08