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Posted in Analysis on Jul 19, 2019
This website aims to be neutral and discuss both the pros and the cons of physician dispensing. This article discusses the cons.
One source of concern about in-office dispensing is that if a doctor has an economic incentive to prescribe prescription medication, he or she will be more likely to do so. At best, this creates waste and unnecessary costs in the health care system, and at worst, patient health and care could be negatively impacted by unneessary or excessive introduction of prescription drugs.
While it can hopefully be assumed th...
Posted in News on Jul 18, 2019
While point of care dispensing is legal in almost every state, Texas has long been one of the major exceptions. According to Chapter 169 of the Texas Medical Board Rules and Chapter 158 of the Texas Occupations Code, doctors may not "provide, dispense or distribute” prescription medications directly from drugs their office or clinic, with an exception that physicians may do so to respond to a patient's acute condition where a patient requires these drugs immediately. This exception is limited to situations in which there is a patient need to access medication before she or he is able to obta...
Posted in Analysis on Jul 02, 2019
What is Physician Dispensing? Physician dispensing refers to the process whereby a doctor or other medical practitioner provides prescription medication directly to patients instead of writing them a prescription that they would then have filled out at a pharmacy. Physician dispensing companies argue that this provides a major benefit in the fight against patient medication non-adherence (or non-compliance). How significant is this issue? Are doctors and clinics really in position to combat this problem by dispensing in-office?