West 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 in West Virginia can dispense medications to patients under their care but must first register as a “dispensing physician” and pay a small fee (currently $35 for two years). Medications may only be dispensed to patients under the physician’s care and must be dispensed as part of an office visit. Physicians must also post a sign in a conspicuous place no smaller than 8.5” x 11” including the following language: “Every patient has the right to receive a written prescription as an alternative to having legend drugs dispensed by your physician.” For more information on West Virginia physician dispensing regulations, reference the regulations found here. You may find the dispensing physician application here.
Note that for controlled medications, physicians can only dispense an amount adequate to treat the patient for a maximum of 72 hours with no greater than two 72-hour cycles dispensed in any 15-day period of time.
Mid-level dispensing (PA dispensing and NP dispensing) varies from state to state, even in states where physicians may dispense. If you are unsure whether or not you may dispense in your state, please contact us for more information.
Dispensing medications to your patients in West 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 West 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 West 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.