Dispensing License Regulations by State

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  • Alabama: Dispensing license: $100

  • Arkansas: Dispensing license: only 72-hour supply for emergencies, once licensed, can dispense as desired

  • Arizona: Dispensing license: $200

  • California: No license required

  • Colorado: No license required

  • Connecticut: No dispensing license required but $10 controlled substance license required (www.state.ct.us.dcp/)

  • Delaware: No license required

  • Florida: Dispensing license: $100

  • Georgia: No license required

  • Hawaii: No license required

  • Iowa: Dispensing license: $50 for 2 years

  • Idaho: Dispensing license: $60

  • Illinois: No dispensing license required. Physicians may store and dispense drugs under their individual CS license. The individual CS license must be issued to the facility address where the drugs will be stored.

  • Indiana: Dispensing license: $20

  • Kansas: No license required

  • Kentucky: No license required

  • Louisiana: Dispensing license: $75 plus background check

  • Massachusetts: No license required; only 72-hour supply for emergencies

  • Maryland: Dispensing license: $1100

  • Maine: No license required

  • Michigan: Dispensing license: $85 for 3 years

  • Minnesota: No license required

  • Missouri: Dispensing license: $90

  • Mississippi: No license required

  • Montana: Physician dispensing not allowed

  • North Carolina: Dispensing license: $50

  • North Dakota: No license required

  • Nebraska: No license required

  • New Hampshire: No license required

  • New Jersey: No license required

  • New Mexico: No license required

  • Nevada: Dispensing license: $300 for clinic and $50 for each physician, plus has to be registered as a Worker’s Comp. physician

  • New York: Physician dispensing not allowed

  • Ohio: Managed care, no physician reimbursement, no license

  • Oklahoma: No license required

  • Oregon: Physicians must complete an Application for Registration as a Dispensing Physician

  • Pennsylvania: No license required

  • Rhode Island: No license required

  • South Carolina: Dispensing license: $100

  • South Dakota: Dispensing license: no fee

  • Tennessee: No license required

  • Texas: Physician dispensing not allowed

  • Utah: Physician dispensing not allowed

  • Virginia: Dispensing license: $200 plus inspection

  • Vermont: No license required

  • Washington: No license required

  • Washington D.C.: Dispensing license: no fee upon mayoral approval

  • Wisconsin: No license required

  • West Virginia: Dispensing license: $35 for 2 years

  • Wyoming: Dispensing license: $10

  • The following lists are states in which physician dispensing is prohibited or have no reimbursement:

  • Montana: Physician dispensing not allowed

  • New York: Physician dispensing not allowed

  • Ohio: Managed care, no physician reimbursement, no license

  • Texas: Physician dispensing not allowed

  • Utah: Physician dispensing not allowed

First Coast Health Solutions (FCHS) is a leading national provider of full-service Physician In-Office Dispensing Pharmacy.

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We empower physicians to dispense FDA approved brands and/or generic medications directly to patients utilizing the patient’s pharmacy insurance benefits or cash payments. Our dispensing programs are designed to work with all medical, dental and health care specialties.

By utilizing in-office dispensing in your practice, you will be able to provide your patient’s medications immediately. This means that the patients will no longer need to make a separate trip to the pharmacy, saving them time and money.

Research shows that 40% of patients do not comply with their prescriptions as directed, 30% of all prescriptions sent to the pharmacy are never filled, and over 75% of patients prefer being given their medications during their consultation.

  • Alabama: Dispensing license: $100
  • Arkansas: Dispensing license: only 72-hour supply for emergencies, once licensed, can dispense as desired
  • Arizona: Dispensing license: $200
  • California: No license required
  • Colorado: No license required
  • Connecticut: No dispensing license required but $10 controlled substance license required (www.state.ct.us.dcp/)
  • Delaware: No license required
  • Florida: Dispensing license: $100
  • Georgia: No license required
  • Hawaii: No license required
  • Iowa: Dispensing license: $50 for 2 years
  • Idaho: Dispensing license: $60
  • Illinois: No dispensing license required. Physicians may store and dispense drugs under their individual CS license. The individual CS license must be issued to the facility address where the drugs will be stored.
  • Indiana: Dispensing license: $20
  • Kansas: No license required
  • Kentucky: No license required
  • Louisiana: Dispensing license: $75 plus background check
  • Massachusetts: No license required; only 72-hour supply for emergencies
  • Maryland: Dispensing license: $1100
  • Maine: No license required
  • Michigan: Dispensing license: $85 for 3 years
  • Minnesota: No license required
  • Missouri: Dispensing license: $90
  • Mississippi: No license required
  • Montana: Physician dispensing not allowed
  • North Carolina: Dispensing license: $50
  • North Dakota: No license required
  • Nebraska: No license required
  • New Hampshire: No license required
  • New Jersey: No license required
  • New Mexico: No license required
  • Nevada: Dispensing license: $300 for clinic and $50 for each physician, plus has to be registered as a Worker’s Comp. physician
  • New York: Physician dispensing not allowed
  • Ohio: Managed care, no physician reimbursement, no license
  • Oklahoma: No license required
  • Oregon: Physicians must complete an Application for Registration as a Dispensing Physician
  • Pennsylvania: No license required
  • Rhode Island: No license required
  • South Carolina: Dispensing license: $100
  • South Dakota: Dispensing license: no fee
  • Tennessee: No license required
  • Texas: Physician dispensing not allowed
  • Utah: Physician dispensing not allowed
  • Virginia: Dispensing license: $200 plus inspection
  • Vermont: No license required
  • Washington: No license required
  • Washington D.C.: Dispensing license: no fee upon mayoral approval
  • Wisconsin: No license required
  • West Virginia: Dispensing license: $35 for 2 years
  • Wyoming: Dispensing license: $10
  • The following lists are states in which physician dispensing is prohibited or have no reimbursement:

  • Montana: Physician dispensing not allowed
  • New York: Physician dispensing not allowed
  • Ohio: Managed care, no physician reimbursement, no license
  • Texas: Physician dispensing not allowed
  • Utah: Physician dispensing not allowed

First Coast Health Solutions

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is a leading national provider of full service Physician In-Office Dispensing Pharmacy. We empower physicians to dispense FDA approved brand or generic medications directly to patients utilizing the patient’s pharmacy insurance benefit or cash payments. Our dispensing programs are designed to work with all medical, dental and health care specialties.

  • Save your patients time
  • Deliver additional quality care
  • Track your patient’s compliance
  • Minimize pharmacy call backs
  • Convenient for patients
  • Net up to $100,000 per year

There are many benefits of applying in-office dispensing of medications in your practice, and here are the main ones:

1. Save your patients’ timeWith pharmaceutical dispensing, the need for the patient to go to the pharmacy and wait in a cue is eliminated.

The patients can simply pay for their medication during their office visit and immediately start their treatment. No need for a trip to the pharmacy, or to wait for the medication.

1,023 adults ages 18 to 64 were asked which option they would prefer: being given the choice between filling their prescription at the retail pharmacy, OR having it filled at their Doctor’s office. 78% of patients answered that they would choose to fill their prescriptions at their doctor’s office, if given the opportunity

2. Deliver additional quality care

In-office dispensing eliminates the tedious task of the physician such as sending prescriptions to the pharmacy, pharmacy request refills, and other taxing paperwork. By reducing these tasks, the physician gets more time to deliver quality care to patients.  

3. Track your patient’s compliance

Since patients receive their medications during their visit doctors will be able to track a patient’s adherence to the treatment. This will also prevent the prescription from being unfulfilled.

4. Minimize pharmacy callbacks

Doctors dispensing medications in office eliminate 80% of pharmacy call-backs. This saves time for you and your whole team.

By running a point of care dispensing service you will have more time to focus on important aspects of your practice, such as providing care to those who need your attention.

Physician dispensing will also help your employees and provide a better workflow.

5. Respected Confidentiality of Your Patients

Patients do not enjoy having the pharmacy technician yell out their name in front of all the other customers. It can be embarrassing.

Confidentiality is important to your patients. By choosing to dispense in office you are showing your patients that you take their privacy seriously and will not violate their rights in any way. Building this trust will give you loyal patients.

6. Saves Money for Your Patients

When you are in control of prescribing and filling medications at your in-office medication dispensing system, you can also make sure you find medications at a lower cost for your patients. You will be able to offer generic and prescriptions brands, whichever you believe will be within the patients’ means.

You can work with insurance companies directly to find a low-cost option to treat your patient and reduce overall healthcare costs.

7. Net up to $100,000 per year

How many patients leave your practice daily with a prescription you’ve written? 50, 75, 100 or more? If you count the number of patients leaving your office heading to a retail pharmacy and consider each prescription could be worth $12, $15, $18 or more, that is the type of revenue you are losing if you do not have an FCHS Pharmacy in your office.

By implementing point of care dispensing you will be able to increase your revenue. This can be done through cash payments, insurance adjudication or worker’s comp reimbursement.

FCHS Dispensing Benefits

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  • Services & medications to dispense

  • Dedicated account manager

  • 800 number customer support

  • Quick reimbursements

  • The leading dispensing software

  • Analytics to maximize reimbursement

  • Proven formulary optimization

At FCHS, We are committed to your success!

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We want you to be completely satisfied with your dispensing program! 

Because we are committed to your success, each client receives the highest quality of service.

When choosing one of in-office dispensing companies, bear in mind what benefits FCHS in-office dispensing system offers you and your practice!

What you will get from FCHS Dispensing:

  • Services & medications to dispense
  • A dedicated account manager
  • 800 customer support agents
  • Quick reimbursements
  • The leading dispensing software
  • Analytics to maximize reimbursement
  • Proven formulary optimization

Whether you are an on-site clinic, an urgent care clinic, hospital, physician practice or work comp clinic, we have made every effort to warrant that our in-office dispensing program is easy to implement and easy to apply. In most states, appropriately licensed healthcare providers can rapidly and effortlessly implement our doctor dispensing program.

Call us and describe your individual needs, and we will be more than happy to answer all your questions and provide all the information about our physician dispensing solutions.

Learn more about First Coast Health Solutions (FCHS) here.

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Technology

Our comprehensive programs offer electronic 3rd party adjudication and cash-&-carry solutions, inventory management, claims reconciliation, robust reporting platforms, drug utilization information, side effect profiles, duration of therapy, a drug to drug interaction and more!

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Solutions

Our physician dispensing solutions help physicians and clinics offer a timely, hassle-free and convenient way for patients to receive their medication. FCHS follows safety and quality standards set by the FDA and DEA.

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FAQs

Patient Survey Question: 1,023 adults ages 18 to 64 were asked: If given the choice between filling your prescription at the retail pharmacy & having it filled in your Doctor’s office, which would you most often choose?

78% of patients said “YES” they would choose to fill their prescriptions at their doctor’s office if given the opportunity!

Can your practice really make money dispensing prescriptions?

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YES…How many patients leave your practice daily with a prescription you’ve written 50, 75, 1oo or more? If you count the number of patients
leaving your office heading to a retail pharmacy and consider each prescription could be worth $12, $15, $18 dollars or more to your practice, that is the type of revenue you are losing if you do not have a FCHS Pharmacy in your office.

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