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Dear All,

Sharing a important article on Dispensing Practices in India and USA,
Who can dispense like pharmacists, physician, Schedule K etc from
Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine (www.jppcm.org)

Dispensing Practices in India and United States

Abstract:
Physician dispensing refers to the legal practice where physicians
directly supply their patients with medication bypassing the need for
patients to use a community pharmacy to fill their prescription. This
practice is common in India where 80% of all physicians are legally
allowed to dispense medications. Problems persists because patients
are required to purchase any medication deemed necessary by the
physician; therefore, conflicts of interest can arise due to financial
incentives based on the number of medications the physicians dispense
to the patient. 

Physician dispensing has negatively impacted community
pharmacy relationships by taking away their business and forcing them
to close. Similar to the United States, dispensing physicians are
regulated by the board of pharmacy and are required to be compliant
with the same regulations as pharmacies, however inspections are not
nearly as often or as strict. 

Loopholes in the laws allow physicians
to find ways around regulations and be noncompliant without sustaining
consequences. Regulations, such as those in United States, that
prohibit physicians from receiving profits based on the number of
medications they dispense should be created in India to reduce
conflicts of interest and prevent community pharmacies from going out
of business.

Key words: Dispensing, Schedule K, Pharmacist, Physician, India.
Full Text: http://www.jppcm.org/article/41
-- 
Akram Ahmad, PharmD, BPharm
Department of Clinical Pharmacy,
UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mob. No.+6-01112285842
Editor-in-chief:
Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine (www.jppcm.org)
akram ahmad <akrampharma67@gmail.com>
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