Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Seniors can face sudden driving restrictions as medical scrutiny of prescriptions steps up


The tendency for some physicians to require more frequent visits to renew prescriptions raises the risk that problems, not causing overt symptoms, could be found.  In some states there are mandatory reporting requirements about drivers on physicians.  These states are California, Delaware, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon and Pennsylvania, as outlined in a 2011 New York Times article by Jane Gross.  

In most other states, doctors may report elderly drivers.  It is typical for rules to prohibit driving for six months after a stroke, three months after a TIA (enough to cause medical treatment), and perhaps three months after pacemaker implantation.  Amazingly, driving while on oxygen if often permitted, partially.
  
Here are three references for Virginia:  NoloDMV reporting form, and DMV policies

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