Online prescribing or internet prescribing refers to a provider prescribing a drug to a patient based upon an interaction that has taken place online. (center for connected health policy)
States maintain a large amount of control over internet prescribing. Whether a prescription can be written based solely on an internet or online interaction can be impacted in several different ways. One of the primary considerations is whether an online consultation is adequate enough to establish a patient-provider relationship when one did not exist before. Until that relationship is established, a prescription cannot be made. Other requirements that states may place on online prescribing is the need for an in-person physical examination prior to writing a prescription. CCHP provides overview information on the subject in the 50 State interactive map.