Registrations - dispensing physician

Who is a dispensing physician?

Who is not a dispensing physician?

Registration as a dispensing physician

Prescription Drug Monitoring Database

Fines for not registering or reporting as required


Who is a dispensing physician?

  • Orders for and delivers a controlled substance to a patient
  • Patient consumes the medication off the premises
  • Does not matter whether patient pays for medication or not
  • Medications labeled as samples and are not for resale are excluded
  • Definition of "dispensing physician"

Who is not a dispensing physician?

  • Distributes prepackaged samples and starter packs
  • Administers oral or injectable controlled substances in the office
  • Dispenses non-controlled substances
  • Dispenses controlled substances purchased with hospital's or clinic's DEA registration

Registration as a dispensing physician

  • Pursuant to Board of Medical Examiners Rule 540-X-4-.05, dispensing physicians are required to register with the Board.
  • Registration is accomplished by completing and returning the dispensing physician registration form.
    Complete the form and return to
    Attn: Dispensing Physician Registration
    PO Box 946, Montgomery AL 36101-0946.
  • Every location where medications are dispensed must be registered and the separate DEA number listed.
  • Physicians are responsible for updating address changes, additional sites, additional DEA numbers, and removal of sites.
  • Do not submit a dispensing registration form if you do not purchase controlled substances to re-package and dispense to your patients. Doing so may result in false information being provided to the Alabama Department of Public Health's Prescription Monitoring Data Bank and may result in an unnecessary investigation into your practice.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Database

  • In 2004, statutes were enacted to establish a prescription drug monitoring program to be administered by the Alabama Department of Public Health (see Ala. Code 20-2-210, et. seq.).
  • The Health Department subsequently adopted ADPH administrative rules to accomplish this purpose.
  • Among other things, the rules require physicians who dispense controlled substances to report to the database.
  • The rules also require the Board of Medical Examiners to provide a lists of licensees who have registered as dispensing physicians. (This is why it is important to have only physicians who are truly dispensing physicians registered).
  • Health Department's web page for Prescription Drug Monitoring Database

Fines for not registering or reporting as required

  • Board administrative rules require dispensing physicians to report to the prescription monitoring database and allow the Board to assess administrative fines against
    • - physicians who act as dispensing physicians but are not registered as such with the Board of Medical Examiners, and
    • - physicians who fail to report to the database as required by the Health Department and Board rules.

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