Course: Risk Management Focus: Prescribing for Yourself and Those Close to You
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 4
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 3.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 3/9/2020
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Self prescribing issues


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Risk Management Focus
Prescribing for Yourself and Those Close to You


Prescribing for yourself, your family, or your close associates is not inherently illegal or unethical. In some cases, such as doctors who practice in remote areas where the nearest other physician is over an hour’s drive away, it may be absolutely necessary. However, such prescribing practices place you on a slippery slope with very narrow legal and ethical guidelines, and you can easily be subjected to public discipline against your license if you fail to stay within those guidelines.


Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:

1.  State the specific requirements for prescribing controlled substances for yourself, your family, and others close to you.
2.  Explain the inherent problems in treating and prescribing for yourself and your family, and the reasons why such practices should be discouraged.
3.  Besides yourself and your family, list other categories of individuals you should avoid treating and prescribing for.


Target Audience

Although this course was developed for prescribers licensed in Texas, it is appropriate for anyone with prescriptive authority.  


This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.


This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information

Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc. designates this  enduring material  for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is valid for release March 9, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2021.

Estimated time to complete this activity: 4 hours.

Commercial Support

This activity was developed solely by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without any commercial support.


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

Please check with your insurance carrier for approved courses before registering.  Courses not approved by your insurance carrier will not be accepted by them for any discounts they may offer.