A new study, Physician Dispensing in Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition, from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found physician dispensing continued to grow rapidly in Pennsylvania. The study authors note that physician-dispensed prescriptions accounted for 29 percent of all prescriptions and 48 percent of prescription payments in 2012 evaluated as of 2013—an increase from 17 percent of prescriptions and 17 percent of prescription costs four years earlier. According to the WCRI: “Issues of physician dispensing have been actively debated in Pennsylvania. House Bill 1846, as amended by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, limits reimbursements for physician-dispensed drugs to 110 percent of the average wholesale price (AWP) of the original manufacturer National Drug Code (NDC) or the AWP of the least expensive clinically-equivalent drug if the original NDC is not included in the bill from the dispensing physician. The same amended bill also limits physician-dispensed Schedule II and III narcotics to a 7-day supply after the initial treatment and a 20-day supply for all other drugs if dispensed in physicians’ offices.”
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