If you are a physician working in Arizona and are considering medication dispensing at your practice, it is important that you adhere to state laws and regulations. The information included on this page is for reference only, so please refer to your state medical or pharmaceutical board for updated information.
Registration for Medication Dispensing
Physician dispensing means the delivery of a controlled substance, a prescription only drug, or a prescription-only device to a patient outside the physician’s office.
Health Professionals that can dispense medication in Arizona include:
- **Medical Doctors (MD)
- *Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
- **Doctor of osteopathic Medicine (DO)
- *Naturopathic doctors
- **Dentists (DDS, DMD)
- **Nurse Practitioner (NP) and OB/GYN NP
- **Podiatrist (DPM)
- **Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- **Physician Assistants (PA)
- **Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
- **Advanced Registered Nurse practitioners (ARNP, APRN)
* Limited formulary or Specific criteria needed to be met.
**Restrictions on Controlled Medication Dispensing.
***Optometrists authorized to prescribe drugs may dispense a drug at no charge to a patient in every state if the drug is within their scope of practice. In a limited number of states, optometrists also have authority to sell a drug or a specified drug to a patient. Check with the optometry board in a particular state for further information on the authority of an optometrist to dispense drugs for a fee.
Doctors of Homeopathy, Midwives, and Nurse Midwives cannot dispense medications in Arizona.
There are also several very specific rules with regards to dispensing controlled substances and limits on the days supply that is allowed. Please refer to the most current regulations for more info.
Licensing requirements include a state medical license, DEA License (if dispensing schedule II-IV and list I medications), and dispensing physician registration ($200 per physician and $150 per physician renewal)
What are the Benefits of Medication Dispensing in Arizona?
There are several benefits for medication dispensing, including:
- Driven revenue into your practice
- Improved patient medication compliance
- Patient satisfaction and recommendations to your practice
- Reduce workload for staff (fewer pharmacy calls)
- Reduced cost to patients
- Time saved for both patients and staff
Why Should You Choose First Coast Health Solutions
We are a leading national provider of full-service physician dispensing. Our dispensing programs are designed to work with all medical, dental, and health care specialties.
By choosing our services, you have not only the software and medications to dispense but the service support necessary to keep your business thriving. We have dedicated account managers, over 800 customer support agents, guaranteed quick reimbursements, leading dispensing software, the analytics to maximize reimbursement, and proven formulary optimization.
It does not matter if you are a clinic, urgent care, hospital, or private practice; our software program can fit your needs and has proven successful in similar settings.
How does First Coast Health Solutions Support Arizona Physician Dispensing Regulations?
Most offices dispense controlled substances, and our physician dispensing software monitors and submits information to state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP).
We are also here to support you, the physician, and understand your license is your lifeline. If you have questions about Arizona physician dispensing regulations, don’t hesitate to contact us.
The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.