Colorado Physician Dispensing Laws & Regulations

Note: PharmaLink has compiled the information below for reference only. State dispensing regulations change frequently and we recommend consulting an attorney or your state medical or pharmacy board with specific questions or to verify your eligibility to dispense.

Physician dispensing in Colorado is explicitly allowed in Colorado Revised Statute Title 12, Article 42.5, Section 118, which states that a practitioner may personally compound and dispense for any patient under the practitioner’s care any drug that the practitioner is authorized to prescribe and that the practitioner deems desirable or necessary in treating a patient. There is no permit or registration required; however, any physician dispensing controlled substances must obtain a DEA registration. Physician Assistants (PAs) may also prescribe and dispense under the protocols and supervision of a licensed physician. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) may prescribe and dispense under certain protocols only prepackaged drugs prepared by a licensed pharmacist or manufacturer.

Dispensing medications to your patients in Colorado offers numerous benefits, including generating additional revenue, improving patient compliance and satisfaction, and reduced pharmacy callbacks, freeing up your staff for other tasks. Patients love saving money and a trip to the pharmacy!

PharmaLink offers a turnkey physician dispensing solution for Colorado physicians and other practitioners, making it quick and easy to set up your own in-office dispensary. We provide all the medications, equipment, and software needed to dispense; all you provide is an internet-connected computer and black and white printer. Our knowledgeable staff will help you every step of the way to ensure your program is successful. You can learn more about our Cash and Carry Dispensing, Workers’ Compensation Dispensing, and Insurance Billing dispensing solutions at the links provided.

If you are planning to carry controlled substances, you can rest easy. PharmaLink’s software automatically captures and submits all required information to state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) on behalf of our customers in all states where we currently operate.

If you have specific questions about dispensing regulations in Colorado or our services, or if you’re ready to get started, you can contact us here and a PharmaLink representative will reach out to you shortly.

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