Ever-rising drug costs are a huge problem for many Americans and a major reason for patient nonadherence to treatment recommendations.
In-house medication dispensing often can save patients money and improve medication adherence. Patients also report that they appreciate the convenience of in-house dispensing.
Forty-four states allow physicians to dispense medications directly to patients. While each state has its own rules regarding physician registration and compliance, in general, the requirements are not excessively burdensome.
Where I practice in Florida, dispensing physicians must register with the Florida Board of Medicine and pay a $100 fee. Physicians must also follow basic safety methods to ensure proper storage of medication, accurate labeling, and patient counseling.