If you are a physician working in Idaho 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 for use outside the physician’s office.
Health professionals that can dispense medication in Idaho include:
- Medical Doctor (MD)
- **Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
- **Nurse midwife
- Dentist (DDS, DMD)
- **Nurse Practitioner & OB/GYN NP
- Podiatrist (DPM)
- **Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- *Physician Assistant (PA)
- **Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
- **Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP, APRN)
* The physician assistant who has prescriptive authority may dispense prescriptive drugs or devices directly to patients in accordance with the Rules of the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy, IDAPA 27.01.01, “General Provisions.”
** CNMs, CNSs, NPs and registered nurse anesthetists may dispense.
***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.
The following healthcare professionals cannot dispense: Doctor of Homeopathy, Midwives and Naturopathic Doctors.
There are licensing requirements to dispense medications at your practice. Required licenses & certifications include a state medical license, DEA license if prescribing schedule II-IV medications, controlled substance registration, and prescriber drug outlet registration.
What are the Benefits of Medication Dispensing in Idaho?
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 medication dispensing software program can fit your needs and has proven successful in similar settings.
How does First Coast Health Solutions Support Idaho Physician Dispensing Regulations?
Most offices dispense controlled substances, and our software monitors and submit 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 Idaho physician dispensing regulations, please 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.