Those wishing to practice medicine in the state of Missouri do NOT need to obtain full medical license. Instead, physicians are granted permission to practice medicine through the state’s licensure exception. Note** If physicians do not meet the conditions of the exception, it is as if the physician is practicing without a license.
The Missouri Statute does not allow for the administration of medication over the internet without a prior physical medical examination. In State v. Smith (Sup. 1911) 135 S.W. 465, 233 Mo. 242. the Court held that “one is practicing medicine when he visits his patient, examines him, determines the nature of the disease, and prescribes the remedies he deems appropriate, and one professing to be able to ascertain by examination of his patient the cause of his trouble, and to indicate the proper treatment, is practicing medicine.”
The Center for Telehealth & e-Health law is committed to keeping the telehealth community informed on emerging legal and regulatory telehealth issues. In efforts to accomplish this goal, CTeL has made available each state’s physician licensure statutes. However, for those interested in a more in-depth analysis of these statutes, CTeL offers its members access to a annotated statutory directory, complete with executive summaries.
Missouri Physician Licensure Statute
Missouri Physician Licensure Statute – Members