Informed Consent

Informed Consent and Your Rights as a Client of ApothecaMD

1. Informed consent is the process in which ApothecaMD educates you about risks, benefits, and alternatives of a recommendation. You must be competent to make a voluntary decision about whether to follow a recommendation. Informed consent is both an ethical and legal obligation of ApothecaMD in the US and originates from your right to direct what happens to your body. Implicit in providing informed consent is an assessment of your understanding, rendering an actual recommendation, and documentation of the process. The following are the required elements for documentation of the informed consent discussion: (1) the nature of the recommendation, (2) the risks and benefits and the recommendation, (3) reasonable alternatives, (4) risks and benefits of alternatives, and (5) assessment of your understanding of elements 1 through 4.

2. It is ApothecaMD’s obligation to make it clear that you are participating in the decision-making process and ApothecaMD staff is not making you feel forced to agree to with anyone. ApothecaMD makes a recommendation and provides reasoning for the recommendation. You are responsible for deciding to follow a recommendation.

3. Children (typically under 17) cannot provide informed consent. As such, parents must permit treatments or interventions. In this case, it not termed "informed consent" but "informed permission." An exception to this rule is a legally emancipated child who may provide informed consent for themselves. Some, but not all, examples of an emancipated minor include minors who are (1) under 18 and married, (2) serving in the military, (3) able to prove financial independence or (4) mothers of children (married or not). Legislation regarding minors and informed consent is state-based as well. It is important to understand the state laws.

4. Many healing and health care practices are a normal and necessary part of human social behavior and are an inherent right of all people to experience and practice. This fundamental right needs to be preserved. Healing practices must retain a presumption of safety, similar to food, and should not be regulated without a showing of harm. Healing practices are not a privilege to be regulated by a government but rather an inherent right of all people.

5. The right to make your own health care decisions is a well-established constitutional fundamental right in the United States. Laws regulating health care practitioners directly impact the right of citizens to make decisions. For example, if a state would ban all practitioners except one kind of healing practitioner, then health seekers would not be able to have any other choice about their health. Any law that regulates health care practitioners impacts health seeker options and those laws should not unnecessarily infringe on the right of health seekers to access practitioners of their choice in order to preserve their ability to make decisions for themselves.

6. You are encouraged to establish a relationship with a medical doctor capable and willing to prescribe regulated and restricted drugs should you require them. ApothecaMD™ and™ are divisions of ValiseMD Incorporated. ApothecaMD clinicians will not prescribe medications from a pharmacy nor dispensary. Sharing your personal natural medicine practice choices with all your medical doctors is encouraged. You are also encouraged to allow your ApothecaMD staff to share and discuss your with those you have chosen to participate in your personal journey of achieving optimum health and have listed a person with whom to share your health related information.

7. In Florida, ApothecaMD is required to inform you of the following: “Under Florida law, physicians are generally required to carry medical malpractice insurance or otherwise demonstrate financial responsibility to cover potential claims for medical malpractice. However, certain part-time physicians who meet state requirements are exempt from the financial responsibility law.

8. Patrick Blanchard MD is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Florida and is Board Certified in Family Medicine with over thirty years of clinical practice. However, despite his education and experience you are your own physician taking full responsibility of your health and outcomes of your decisions. Patrick Blanchard MD does not take responsibility for your decisions nor your outcomes rather serves as a educator and guide through sometimes complex medical situations. Should you not be capable of making a fully informed decision regarding your care, Patrick Blanchard MD will rely on the informed consent of a legally appointed health advocate on your behalf.

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