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Novel Controls on Physician Dispensing

By Mark Pew

Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 315 | 0 | min read

As you know, I’m not a fan of physician dispensing. In limited cases, there can be benefits from patient compliance and convenience and from immediate treatment. However, my opinion is that, in most cases, physician dispensing creates a motivation to continue prescribing (because revenue to the physician is at stake) and causes patient safety issues (by bypassing the people who really understand drugs — pharmacists and pharmacies — and possibly not taking into account drug interactions). Mark Pew On top of that, physician dispensing can increase lost time by an injur...

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Linda Van Dillen Nov 3, 2016 07:58 AM

While I understand the explanation of the cost pressures physicians routinely work under and the numbers of staff they have in their offices just to file insurance forms, there can be NO EXCUSE for physician dispensing for the sole purpose to increase revenues. There are pharmacies within driving distances of the vast majority of patients. In the workers' compensation setting I cannot think of any medication that needs to be provided immediately at the physician's office to prevent untoward consequences.

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