Medication Dispensing

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Medication Dispensing

Medication dispensing describes the process where you, the doctor, dispense prepackaged prescription medications directly to patients from your office instead of sending them to the pharmacy.

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In office medication dispensing (sometimes called physician dispensing) saves your patients time and energy by avoiding unnecessary pharmacy visits while also improving their overall health. On average, between 30% and 40% of prescriptions are never filled. With in-office medication dispensing, you can be sure that 100% of your patients have their medication in hand before walking out the door. This is a powerful benefit for patient health and fits squarely with DocRx’s mandate of “Patient Health First”.

Medication Dispensing Benefits for Doctors and Clinics

By improving patient care and satisfaction, medication dispensing in office can provide a powerful marketing advantage. One physician introducing medication dispensing into his practice explained to Modern Medicine Network that despite being initially “skeptical” dispensing of medication at the point of care “has become one of the biggest areas of patient satisfaction, as well as a very powerful marketing tool to both draw in new patients and retain my current ones.”

In addition to the marketing and patient retention benefits, physician in office medication dispensing also provides its own revenue stream, which can be quite significant. DocRx’s prices on prescription drugs are so low that physicians can easily add a significant markup and still provide them at a lower or equal price to many patients’ co-pays. In the case of the medications which are not covered by a patient’s insurance plan, the opportunity to save patients money while adding to practice revenue becomes even greater.

Is In Office Medication Dispensing Legal in my State?

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Most US States provide a legal framework for in-office medication dispensing, but it is important to consult with a DocRx compliance expert (please fill out our contact form for an immediate response) for the details of specific medication dispensing laws in your state. DocRx specializes in compliance and has extensive experience with the minutia of medication dispensing regulations by state. We can even help you get set up and guide you through the process.

Physician Medication Dispensing Software

Many physicians and administrators who are contemplating in-office dispensing of medication are concerned that they will have to invest in expensive new equipment and software and time-consuming training of their staff to be able to use their new systems. While understandable, these fears have proven to be misplaced. No new equipment or electronics is usually needed, and a standard office printer can print medication labels automatically. You don't need an automatic medication dispenser or a medication dispensing machine because we ship pre-labelled and pre-sealed medications. Most of the time, a clinic can be up and running with in office medication dispensing software within a couple days and training on a medication dispensing system takes your staff a couple hours at most.

Medication Dispensing Companies

A medication dispensing company (also called a point of care dispensing or in-office prescription dispensing company) should be able to supply your practice with a large number of generic medications at competitive prices, with fast, efficient service. DocRx is a leader in the field not only for its prices and services but also compliance (see next section below). With DocRx as a partner, it is not difficult or time-consuming to comply with various state regulations and to stay current with changes.

Medication Dispensing Laws

In-office medication dispensing laws vary widely by state and are often changing. These regulations are usually set by your State Board of Pharmacy. For example, as it relates to who can dispense medication, some states only permit doctors to prescribe and dispense prescription drugs, while in others, physicians' assistants and nurses may dispense medications. Similarly, some states require special licensing, while others do not. We have deep experience working with physicians and clinics across all 50 states on medication dispensing compliance and can make the process very simple and painless for you. For the most up-to-date information about regulations in your state, contact us.

Prepackaged Medication Dispensing Formulary

DocRx provides an extensive formulary of low-cost prescription medications for doctors dispensing medication in office – too many to list here. In general, if you can prescribe it, you can dispense it. Please contact us for details about specific medications that you would like to dispense.

Dispensing with DocRX

Updated June 2019

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