Prescribing and Dispensing Medications

Disclaimer: Practice guidelines provide licensees with general guidance to promote good practice. Law, rules and regulations, not guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and what may constitute professional misconduct.

  • A licensed podiatrist may prescribe medications only for the treatment of a condition of the foot. A licensed pharmacist may question the podiatrist who is prescribing a medication which is intended for another condition, e.g., anti-depressants that are prescribed for a foot condition.
  • The licensed podiatrist, as authorized, may prescribe or dispense medications administered to a portion of the human body other than the foot (such as an injection or pill) for the purpose of treating the foot.
  • Licensed pharmacists may ensure that a prescriber is not prescribing beyond his or her practice. Therefore, it is not only appropriate, but ethical, for a pharmacist to question a podiatrist who prescribes medications that are indicated for a condition other than treatment of the foot. A pharmacist is not obligated to fill any prescription if the pharmacist has questions about the appropriateness of the prescription.

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Citations of Pertinent Law, Rules or Regulations:

  • Education Law, section 6509(2) - practicing beyond the scope
  • Education Law, section 7001 - definition of podiatry
  • Regents Rules, part 29.1(b)(9) - practicing or offering to practice beyond the authorized scope
  • Regents Rules, part 29.2(a)(3) - record of treatment and evaluation
  • Regents Rules, part 29.1(b)(9) - practicing beyond competency
Last Updated: April 16, 2021