§ 1181.27. Issuing patient certifications.
(a) A practitioner may issue a patient certification to a patient if the following conditions are met:
(1) The practitioner has determined, based upon a patient consultation and any other factor deemed relevant by the practitioner, that the patient has a serious medical condition and has included that condition in the patients health care record.
(2) The practitioner has determined the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative medical benefit from the use of medical marijuana based upon the practitioners professional opinion and review of the following:
(i) The patients prior medical history as documented in the patients health care records if the records are available for review.
(ii) The patients controlled substance history if the records are available in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), the following requirements apply:
(1) A practitioner who is not board-eligible or board-certified in pediatrics or a pediatric specialty, neurology with special qualifications in child neurology, child and adolescent psychiatry, or adolescent medicine (whether through pediatrics, internal medicine or family practice) may not issue a patient certification to a minor patient.
(2) Paragraph (1) will be effective upon the registration of a sufficient number of eligible practitioners to ensure adequate access for minor patients needing services under the act and this part based on location, serious medical condition and number of patients, specialty, and number and availability of practitioners. The Department will publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin 1 month before paragraph (1) becomes effective, stating that a sufficient number of eligible practitioners have registered to effectuate this subsection.
(c) A patient certification that is issued by a practitioner must include, at a minimum, all of the following:
(1) The patients name, home address, telephone number, date of birth and e-mail address, if available.
(2) The practitioners name, business address, telephone numbers, professional e-mail address, medical license number, area of specialty, if any, and signature.
(3) The date of the patient consultation for which the patient certification is being issued.
(4) The patients specific serious medical condition.
(5) A statement by the practitioner that the patient has a serious medical condition, and the patient is under the practitioners continuing care for the condition.
(6) A statement as to the length of time, not to exceed 1 year, for which the practitioner believes the use of medical marijuana by the patient would be therapeutic or palliative.
(7) A statement by the practitioner that includes one of the following:
(i) The recommendations, requirements or limitations as to the form or dosage of medical marijuana product.
(ii) The recommendation that only a medical professional employed by the dispensary and working at the dispensary facility consult with the patient or the caregiver regarding the appropriate form and dosage of the medical marijuana product to be dispensed.
(8) A statement by the practitioner that the patient is terminally ill, if applicable.
(9) Any other information that the practitioner believes may be relevant to the patients use of medical marijuana products.
(10) A statement that the patient is homebound or an inpatient during the time for which the patient certification is issued due to the patients medical and physical condition and is unable to visit a dispensary to obtain medical marijuana products.
(11) A statement that the practitioner has explained the potential risks and benefits of the use of medical marijuana products to the patient and has documented in the patients health care record that the explanation has been provided to the patient and informed consent has been obtained.
(12) A statement that a false statement made by the practitioner in the patient certification is punishable under the applicable provisions of 18 Pa.C.S. Chapter 49 (relating to falsification and intimidation).
(d) Upon completion of a patient certification, a practitioner shall:
(1) Provide a copy of the patient certification to the patient or the patients caregiver, if the patient is a minor, and to an adult patients caregiver if authorized by the patient.
(2) Provide the patient certification with the original signature to the Department, which may be submitted electronically.
(3) File a copy of the patient certification in the patients health care record.
This section cited in 28 Pa. Code § 1181.21 (relating to definitions); 28 Pa. Code § 1191.21 (relating to definitions); 28 Pa. Code § 1191.25 (relating to application for, and issuance or denial of, identification cards); and 28 Pa. Code § 1191.29 (relating to renewing an identification card).
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