Provider Coalition Challenges Pharmacy Board Licensing

Representatives from the osteopathic, medical, podiatry and dental associations met with Ohio State Board of Pharmacy (OSBP) staff, February 2008, to protest the Board's strict interpretation of the law that requires physicians to obtain a terminal distribution license to sell or distribute "any drug requiring a prescription or intended for injection into the human body."

Prior to 1998, physician and dental offices were exempted from the requirement, but recently drug wholesalers have been refusing to supply drugs to physician offices that don't have the license.

According to OSBP Executive Director Bill Winsley, any physician who is incorporated or part of a group practice, must obtain the license. Group practices only need one license for each location where they are doing business. Licenses cost $150 per year if controlled substances are dispensed and $112.50 if they are not. The Pharmacy Board suggests that group practices obtain a DEA number for the corporation when applying for the terminal distributor's license, which requires an initial office inspection.

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