Doctor Dispensing, Drug Dispensing, Physician Dispensing

Physician Dispensing Helps Address Rx Gaps In Care

One major benefit of physician dispensing is that it helps address the problem of patient medication compliance.  An article in the Journal of Applied Research shares the following facts:

  • Approximately 125,000 people with treatable ailments die each year in the USA because they do not take their medication properly.
  • Fourteen to 21% of patients never fill their original prescriptions.
  • Sixty percent of all patients cannot identify their own medications.
  • Thirty to 50% of all patients ignore or otherwise compromise instructions concerning their medication.
  • Approximately one fourth of all nursing home admissions are related to improper self-administration of medicine.
  • Twelve to 20% of patients take other people’s medicines.
  • Hospital costs due to patient noncompliance are estimated at $8.5 billion annually.

Physicians offering medications from their office are in a unique position to help address the problem of non-compliance.  Medication dispensing at the point-of-care allows the drug conversation to happen in real-time.  Not only can the practitioner describe the purpose and use of the medication, the patient can literally have the product in hand during the conversation.


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