Looking at over 16,000 lost time claims from 2007 to 2011, WCRI uncovered that physician dispensing filled 40% of the prescriptions issued, but represented 55% of the payments. The popular painkiller Vicodin cost almost 4X as much to get from the doc ($1.46 vs 37 cents).
Twice Maryland legislators have tried to put the physician dispensing genie back in the pill bottle but to no avail. MarylandReporter.com reports that a 2013 House of Delegates bill HB0174 designed to limit requirements for employer reimbursement of physician dispensing failed to pass.
I’m going out on a limb here, but I’d bet that Maryland is more the rule rather than the exception. What have you seen in your State?