Cash & Carry Dispensing

Physician in-office (or on-site) dispensing refers to the fulfillment of a prescription, at the point of care, to a patient, either by the prescribing physician or another employee at the practice, for the patient to take home (as opposed to administering in the office). Physician dispensing saves time and money for patients, improves satisfaction and medication compliance, and can be an additional revenue source for healthcare providers. You can find more information about Provider Benefits and Patient Benefits at the links provided.

In most states in the U.S., physicians have the right under their medical license to diagnose, prescribe, and dispense legend drugs, but the guidelines vary state-to-state regarding which practitioners are permitted to, and under what circumstances, provide medications to patients. For more information on state dispensing regulations, please see our Dispensing Regulations page.

PharmaLink’s web-based dispensing software makes the process quick and easy, requiring no additional staff. The dispensing process requires only a few steps:

  • Select the patient from your patient list, or enter last name, first name and date of birth if new patient.

  • Select the medication to be dispensed and the quantity to dispense.

  • Scan the barcode, enter the lot number, or choose from available inventory.

  • Apply label to bottle, collect payment from patient (if applicable), and provide medication, receipt (if desired) and information sheet to patient.

That’s it! The system includes multiple checks along the way to ensure the correct item is dispensed, expired items are not given to patients, all required PDMP data is collected (if dispensing a controlled item), and that the correct information is captured on the patient label. Label, medication information sheet, and receipt can be configured to print automatically upon completion of the dispense process, saving you time.

Once familiar with the system, dispensing typically requires no more than 30-45 seconds per dispense, meaning you do not need additional staff to operate your program. PharmaLink provides a scanner and label printer, so all you need is a computer with an internet connection and your local black and white printer.

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