Virginia 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.
Physicians can dispense medications in-office in Virginia but must first apply for and receive a dispensing license, regardless of whether the physicians is dispensing controlled or non-controlled prescription medications. The regulation allows for a pharmacy technician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant to assist the licensed physician in preparing the drug for dispensing, but the physician must be on site and is responsible for offering to counsel the patient and inspecting the medication, among other requirements. Each dispensing physician must have his or her own license, and the facility where dispensing occurs must also be licensed and may be subject to periodic inspection. For more information, please see the physician white paper issued by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy here and Q&A here. You may find the current application forms here.
Dispensing medications to your patients in Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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.