Physician Dispensing: An Overview of Maryland Law and Regulation

Physician Dispensing: An Overview of Maryland Law and Regulation

This module was Board-approved and DHMH Secretary-approved to meet the CME requirements for dispensing permits.

This module will address the laws relating to a physician’s legal right to dispense prescription drugs, which the physician prescribes to his or her patients.  The requirements and process for obtaining permission from the appropriate state board will be covered.  Through learning exercises and online course presentations, the module will emphasize requirements for labeling, filing, inspections and other laws that previously had been primarily directed toward pharmacies.  Situations where a prescriber can dispense a prescription drug without the necessity of obtaining special permission from his or her state board will be detailed.   

CE: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™; 1.5 ACPE Contact Hours
UAN: 0025-0000-24-041-H03-P
Activity Type: Knowledge
Course Number: CN#MD001
Target Audience: Physicians, Pharmacists, Dentists
Initial Release Date: June 3, 2024
Planned Expiration Date: June 3, 2027

  • Frank Palumbo, JD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Course Details (Activity Announcement): View File (MD001 Activity Announcement)

Other courses in this series include:

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Learning Objectives:
At the end of this knowledge-based activity, the physician participant should be able to:

  1. Identify the location of publicly accessible physician dispensing statute and up-to-date dispensing regulations.
  2. Differentiate between the situations where physicians can and cannot dispense drugs under Maryland law.
  3. Explain how starter doses, samples, and certain specific medical facilities and clinics are treated under the Maryland Law.
  4. Identify and discuss the numerous regulations on dispensing, inspection, and record keeping.
  5. Discuss the role of state (and federal) regulatory bodies and their impact on dispensing.


Frank Palumbo, JD, PhD
Professor Emeritus
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Dr. Palumbo, instructor for this activity, has no financial relationships to disclose. None of the planners for this activity have financial relationships to disclose.

ACCME Information

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It is MedChi’s policy to ensure the independence, transparency, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor and integrity, as well as validation of content for all CME/CPD activities we accredit. To that end, faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with companies identified as meeting the ACCME definition of a commercial interest. In the process of the disclosure process, all faculty and planners have disclosed the presences or absence of such relationships to MedChi. MedChi has identified, evaluated and where appropriate, attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest. This is done through the use of content validation, the use of evidence-based data, and multi-disciplinary peer review. The information provided as disclosure to the learner, is to inform the learner and aide in judgment, not to imply that disclosed relationships will have a negative effect on a presentation.

Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Planners: The planners for this activity have reported no relevant relationships to disclose.
Physician Dispensing: An Overview of Maryland Law and Regulation
Frank Palumbo, JD, PhD, has reported no relevant relationships to disclose.

Designation Statements:
Physician Dispensing: An Overview of Maryland Law and Regulation
MedChi designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This module was Board-approved and DHMH Secretary-approved to meet the CME requirements for dispensing permits.

CME Credit: In order to receive CME credit for participation in these modules the learner is required to complete a post-test and achieve a score of 70% or higher for each module.

Technology Requirements

Unless otherwise noted in the course materials, the following are required to access online courses: A computer or mobile device with a stable internet connection and the ability to view and update Microsoft Word® and PowerPoint® documents.

Supported Internet Browsers


  • Internet Explorer version 11 and above
  • Chrome 43 and above
  • Firefox 4.0 (or later)


  • Safari 13 and above\
  • Chrome 43 and above
Minimum Memory 8 GB (or more)
Minimum Storage 6 GB (or more)
Minimum Processor PC: 2 GHz or faster Intel processor
MacOS: Multi-core Intel processor
Minimum Internet Speeds High speed internet connection
Other Participants must be able to play audio (either through speakers or headphones) as well as ability to open PDF files and view and edit Word, and PPT documents.

Successful Completion requires the learner to complete all practice-based activity components including the audiovisual presentations, post-test, and activity evaluation. Participants must receive a score of at least 70% on the post-test in order to receive credit. The post-test may be taken up to three (3) times. Learners must complete the activity evaluation in order to receive CE credit.  A link to the activity evaluation will be available once a learner has successfully completed all other course segments.

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