A court order in Texas late last week has prevented rules from going into effect that would have blocked patient access to telemedicine when a physician had not already treated them in person. The preliminary order came down in an Austin federal court ruling on May 29th in which telemedicine company Teladoc Inc. sought to delay a state rule from the Texas Medical Board. The rule, published in April, requires doctors to meet their patients face-to-face before prescribing drugs. The rule was to take effect this week. Teladoc sued the board, claiming that the rule violated the federal Sherman Act, an antitrust law that prohibits unreasonable restraint of trade. The preliminary order indicates that the judge believes Teladoc will prevail. The case is Teladoc Inc et al v. Texas Medical Board et al, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, No. 1:15-cv-00343.
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