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It is tough being a physician today.
As physicians, we are faced with the reality of a 21st-century U.S. medical practice: reams of time-consuming paperwork that is out of proportion to time spent caring for patients, declining reimbursements from insurers, a loss of autonomy from managed care, and fear of malpractice lawsuits. Add governmental encroachment, and the maze of bureaucracy, all of which threaten the quality of patient care, and weigh down our medical practices.

RxWithin offers one small solution to the problems of practicing medicine these days and that is to help you, as a dispensing physician, survive the economic realities of medicine today.

A growing number of physicians around the country are utilizing Physician Dispensing purely for the patient benefits the practice can provide. Physician Dispensing, also known as Point of Care Dispensing, is a process where physicians provide complete prescriptions rather than hand out samples, saving their patient a trip to the pharmacy. Physician offices that incorporate this into their routine can provide significant benefits to their patients at a price that provides profitability to the physician's practice while not costing the patient any more than they would have paid at their local pharmacy.

Directly providing medication to your patients is a change that is viewed by both patients and third party payers as a progressive and responsive practice which is cost effective and speeds the healing process by improved compliance and better patient communication.

RxWithin provides pre-counted prescriptions to primary care physicians who dispense medication to patients from their offices or clinics on a fee-for-service basis.

Is this legal?

Absolutely. In all but 6 states, it is completely legal for a physician to do point-of-care dispensing. The restricted states are New York, Massachusetts, Montana, Texas, Wyoming, and Utah.

Every physician has the right to dispense medications to their patients. The medications must be properly labeled and packaged according to state and federal law. This is all done for you by RX Within so that we ensure you are in complete compliance.

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Is point of care dispensing the same as being a pharmacy?

No, the physician office is not acting as a pharmacy. A physician office can only distribute pre-packaged medications. That is where we come in. RX Within looks at the physician’s prescribing patterns & determines what stock of pre-packaged medications you should have on hand. We have a formulary that we use to customize your office’s needs.

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How will point of care dispensing help my patients?

Patient convenience is one of the biggest reasons. The patient can pick up his or her prescription at the office at the same time as their appointment. There’s no need to make an extra stop at a pharmacy and wait 30-45 minutes to have the prescription filled. Another reason is it ensures patient compliance. 30% of all prescriptions in the U.S. never get filled. As a physician, you can know that your patient has their medications in hand and that they can begin taking them right away.

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What are the start up costs to begin point of care dispensing?

There will be no start up costs. RX Within will work with you to determine the stock your office will need & we will provide you with a system that tracks the meds prescribed.

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Is point of care dispensing time consuming?

No. Since physician offices only dispense pre-packaged medicine & have access to a computerized tracking system, the entire process takes only minutes. In fact, a lot of offices report saving time because they don’t have to handle calls from pharmacies with questions about the scripts.

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How do the meds need to be stored?

The medications need to be stored in a locked cabinet in order to be compliant with FDA & DEA regulations. RX Within can provide one for you if you don’t already have one in your office.

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Who can assist with the responsibilities of point of care dispensing within the office?

Although rules can vary from state to state, generally most office staff can assist with the dispensing of medications. In our experience, the nursing staff tend to be given this responsibility.

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What type of medical practices are a good fit for point of care dispensing?

Offices that prescribe a lot of antibiotics, pain management meds, anti-inflammatory drugs, etc. These offices include but are not limited to:

● Orthopaedic Practices/ Spine Clinics
● Occupational Medicine/Workmen’s Comp
● Pain Clinic/ Anesthesia Clinic
● Urgent Care
● Family Practice
● Plastic Surgery
● Pediatrics
● Walk in Medical Centers
● Dermatology

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