The government has a new tool to help consumers avoid getting sister stamps from doctors, which they can’t legally do without a doctor’s signature.
The Affordable Care Act allows consumers to opt-out of any doctor’s order to prescribe a prescription to a patient.
But in some states, such as Florida, a doctor cannot legally order the prescription.
The law also requires doctors to submit copies of their own certificates of authorization and the patient’s medical records to the government.
Sister stamps are the first type of signature on prescription drugs that the government has made available to consumers, according to the American Pharmacists Association.
The agency says the new system is intended to reduce paperwork and make it easier for consumers to shop around.
A woman wears a sticker on her wrist that reads, “I need a sister stamp,” as she waits for an appointment at a pharmacy on the edge of downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 10, 2021.