18. An optometrist must respect the patient’s right to have prescriptions filled and obtain ophthalmic products at the place and by the health professional of the patient’s choice.
Unless ophthalmic lenses or medication cannot be prescribed as a result of the services rendered, an optometrist must, at the end of a consultation, write a prescription and inform the patient that it may be issued to the patient on site or, immediately, at any other time. To that end, an optometrist must also take the necessary means to ensure that, at the patient’s request, the prescription is given to the patient or sent to a health professional designated by the patient, without delay.
An optometrist may not charge fees in addition to the consultation fees for giving or sending a prescription. However, in cases where a first copy of the prescription has already been given to the patient or sent to a person designated by the patient, reasonable fees may be charged in accordance with the same terms and conditions as those provided for in section 61 for giving or sending any additional copy.