boardhome
Today's Date:

Licensure Information
Licensee Lookup
License Verification Request
Licensure with the Board
Applications and Forms
Fees
Education
FAQ
Renew Your License
Change Your Address
Application Status
Print copy of your license

Publications
Publications
Related Links

Complaint/Board Order Information
Board Orders
File a Complaint
What Can I Expect When a Complaint is Filed Against Me?


Board Information/Laws and Policies
Laws/Policies
FOIA Requests
Minutes
Board Members
Agendas

Board Meeting Calendar

Contact Us

Phone: (803) 896-4500
Email: Medboard@llr.sc.gov  

Sheridon Spoon
Administrator

April Koon
Administrative Coordinator

Alex Imgrund
Advice Counsel





South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners

LLR-Board of Medical Examiners

Approved by the Board:

October 16-17, 2000 Board meeting

Service Area: Medical

Subject: Sale of Non-Health Related Products

NOTICE:

In accordance with the S.C. Code of Laws, Ann. Section 1-23-40, notice is hereby given that the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners has adopted the following statement regarding the sale or promotion to patients of non-health-related goods or services from a licensed South Carolina physician's practice site as guidance for physicians in the practice of medicine under the South Carolina Medical Practice Act and the Principles of Medical Ethics as adopted by the Board.

POLICY:

The sale or promotion of non-health-related goods or services by physicians presents a conflict of interest and threatens to erode the primary obligation of physicians to serve the interests of their patients before their own. This activity risks placing undue pressure on the patient and risks demeaning the practice of medicine.

A licensee shall be deemed to engage in dishonorable conduct by offering to sell or promote a non-health-related product or service to a patient from a location at which the licensee regularly practices the healing arts unless otherwise allowed as follows:

A licensee shall not be deemed to engage in dishonorable conduct by offering to sell or promote a non-health-related product or service if all of the following conditions are met:

    1. The sale or promotion is for the benefit of a public service organization.
    2. The sale or promotion does not directly or indirectly result in financial gain to the licensee.
    3. No patient is unduly influenced to make a purchase.
    4. Such sale or promotions are not a regular part of the licensee's business.
    5. Such sales or promotions are conducted in a dignified manner.

A licensee shall be deemed to engage in dishonorable conduct if the licensee, at a location of regular practice of the healing arts, recruits or solicits a patient to participate in a business opportunity involving the sale or promotion of a product or service, or if the licensee requires the patient to recruit or solicit others to participate in a business opportunity, and the sale or promotion of the product or service directly or indirectly results in financial gain to the licensee.

Section 40-47-200(F)(8) of the South Carolina Medical Practice Act authorizes the Board to discipline a licensed South Carolina physician who is guilty of engaging in dishonorable, unethical or unprofessional conduct that is likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.

Synergy Business Park; Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, S.C. 29210
(803) 896-4300 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.,m.

Directions | Site Map | Privacy | Disclaimer | Customer Satisfaction Survey | Contact Us | Other Languages

The S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is pleased to provide various publications in portable document format (PDF).
You will need Adobe Reader to view and print these publications.