People often think of doctors as primary care providers, but doctors can do much more than just diagnose patients as well as recommend a course of action. Physicians and other medical practitioners may also dispense prescription drugs straight to patients from their clinic or office in most states, a practice known as physician dispensing or in-office dispensing.
This practice differs from the traditional model of pharmacy dispensing, in which patients bring a prescription written by their doctor to a pharmacy to be filled. While State Boards of Pharmacy impose varying levels of restrictions and regulations on physician dispensing, the practice as a whole is somewhat contentious. This article examines and analyses common arguments advanced by supporters and opponents of in-office dispensing. Mentioned below are key advantages of physician dispensing: