I discussed physician dispensing of pharmaceuticals in several posts over the past two months. In one, I responded on detailed arguments offered by the marketing director and the CEO of Physician Total Care, a vendor of dispensing systems for physicians. I remain skeptical of the benefits to patients or physician’s bottom line. A new report from Manhattan Research supports my skepticism and adds some more.
Two articles in the Washington Post ( and here) looked at the practice of physician dispensing, and noted Manhattan Research’s report. Among other problems: physician office pricing is often higher than the local pharmacy, physicians have to rely on patient’s memory of what they take (there are other physicians sometimes) and some won’t or can’t file for insurance.
There are suggestions that some 10 percent of practice dispense, and this could rise to 25 percent over the next several years. I’m sure this issue will be raising its head again.