Dr. Michael Garrett is a family doctor in Austin, Texas, who has been practicing medicine for over two decades. After spending the first 17 years of his career in the ER, Dr. Garrett opened a family practice, Direct MD Austin. Dr. Garrett offers a wide range of services—everything from basic checkups, to treatment for chronic conditions, to acute care. In his practice, Dr. Garrett regularly prescribes medication for common conditions like high cholesterol, headaches, strep throat, seasonal allergies and so on.
Texas Bans Doctors from Offering Medication to Their Patients Just to Protect Pharmacies from Competition
In most states, patients can purchase medication directly from the doctor prescribing it. But in Texas, doctors are banned from dispensing unless they practice in certain “rural” areas more than 15 miles from a pharmacy—a…