Intelligence Unit Special Reports Special Events Subscribe Sponsored Departments Follow Us

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn RSS

Star student's suicide prompts precedent-setting suit

San Francisco Chronicle, December 30, 2008

A Colorado physician who used the Internet to prescribe an antidepressant to a Stanford University student he'd never examined is facing charges of practicing medicine in California without a license. Student John McKay killed himself in 2005. McKay's family says a conviction would send a strong message to physicians who blindly write prescriptions for patients they know nothing about. Opponents say a conviction could have a chilling effect on telemedicine across state lines.