Choosing a Physician Dispensing Solutions Provider

Written by: Phillip Berry

I received a call yesterday from a physician considering pharmaceutical dispensing.  This doctor was frustrated with what he deemed “a lack of professionalism and responsiveness” from various companies he had contacted to explore physician dispensing options.  He found a number of websites for groups offering to help implement dispensing systems for physicians.  However, when he […]

Medicare NDC vs. FDA NDC

Written by: Phillip Berry

I was recently approached by one of our clinic customers which seeks Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement for pharmaceuticals dispensed to patients.  She asked me why the NDC (National Drug Code) for PCA labeled medications was only 10 digits while Medicaid was telling her that it requires an 11 digit NDC on its reimbursement application.  Many […]

Physician Dispensing – not just for profit

Written by: Phillip Berry

At Northwind Pharmaceuticals, we have the opportunity to serve a variety of clinics around the country.  Many of these clinics are categorized as “Community Health Centers” (CHC’s).  These CHC’s focus on providing care to the uninsured, homeless and working poor of our communities.  I work closely with many of these clinics and have been given […]

Who dispenses?

Written by: Phillip Berry

It is estimated that about 7-10 percent of U.S. physicians currently dispense pharmaceuticals to their patients. These doctors come from every clinical perspective: student health centers, urgent care clinics, occupational medicine clinics, surgery centers, family practice, weight management practices, worksite clinics, pediatrics, podiatry, dermatology etc. Physicians see dispensing as a mechanism for providing convenience to […]

Clinics, Dispensing and Northwind Pharmaceuticals

Written by: Phillip Berry

Welcome to the first blog devoted to clinic dispensing and practice development. My name is Phil Berry and I’m the owner of Northwind Pharmaceuticals in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Since 1981, NWP has worked with clinics across the country to help them serve their patients with prepackaged pharmaceuticals and in-office medication support.  I became involved with Northwind […]