• The Case Against Physician Dispensing

    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.

    Physician Dispensing Can Encourage Over-Prescription

    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.

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  • Physician Dispensing and Medication Non-Adherence: What Are the Facts?

    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?