Point-of-Care Dispensing of Common Dermatology Prescriptions

While dermatologists treat a wide array of skin diseases and conditions in patients of all ages, the following skin conditions are among the most common:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Rosacea
  • Fungal infections
  • Bacterial infections

So, it’s no surprise that the most common dermatology prescriptions treat one or more of these conditions.

  • Doxycycline for acne
  • Clobetasol for psoriasis
  • Triamcinolone for rashes
  • Ketoconazole for fungal infections
  • Cephalexin for bacterial infections

 In each case, other prescription medications are available to treat the same conditions; some examples are below. 

 

Most dermatologists have preferences based on experience and knowledge of medications as well as the needs of each patient. 

One of the frustrating and time-consuming obstacles in choosing a medication for a patient is prescription benefits.  As dermatologists do not have visibility to prescription benefits, prescribing the most clinically-appropriate and cost-effective medication for the patient is a challenge. As a result, prescriptions may not be filled by the patient due to high cost, and/or the practice staff spend significant amounts of time on calls with the pharmacy and speaking with the physician to adjust the formulary.

With point-of-care dispensing, dermatologists can not only dispense common dermatology prescriptions to the patient at checkout but have visibility to the patient’s pharmacy benefits. Consequently, the physician, practice staff and the patient save time and frustration as the physician can select and dispense the most clinically-appropriate, cost-effective medication at the point-of-care. 

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